That Ain’t Right: New Jersy School Officials Lower Passing Grade To 65!

Talk about lowering the standard! New Jersey school officials in the Town of Bayonne have officially lowered the passing grade for their students from 70% to 65%…which in reality is a “D”. SMH

By lowering the standard for passing grades, the Bayonne Board of Education has certainly gained the attention of local parents, shopping today for school supplies.”The Education Board should focus more on teaching and less on testing and scoring,” one parent said.

The previous passing score for each grade was 70, as of this school year it will be 65.

The Board says the change brings Bayonne into line with other Hudson County School Districts.

Most parents Eyewitness News spoke to don’t like it. “It takes away student incentives to do better,” a parent said.

The Board feels the change will help students at all levels of achievement. In a statement, officials say:

“It is the marginal student that a passing grade of 65 will help. These students need to be given the opportunity to succeed. Having a passing grade allows students to become involved in extracurricular clubs, athletics, varsity sports, and other civic opportunities.”

If you ask us, this is the craziest move any “school official” could make. What do you think? Is this helpful or are we encouraging students (and teachers) to not try hard enough?

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