Starting around the beginning of May, any teacher who teaches seniors must regularly report thier possible senior failure list. After updating my list, and in light of recent discussions, I wonder about how to solve the issue of credit loss.
Let's consider I. Don Wanna. Don is quite capable of doing the work. He has turned in a couple of essays for my English class, but just can't seem to figure out how to turn in his weekly assignments. When he does, he shows average competency in writing and critical thinking. Unfortunately, he just doesn't do enough of the assignments to improve his ability or earn a passing grade. The Standards Based Community says that if he can meet standard, despite not ever really doing a whole lot, he should pass. And to some extent, I agree. Others would say that I failed to teach the student. And to a great extent, I disagree.
I would feel comfortable, in terms of the standards I have for the class, giving this student his credit. But, I still would want his transcript to show the "F." I would want his G.P.A. to reflect his lack of care.
So, as high schools across America struggle to meet Annual Yearly Progress in graduation rates, I wonder if we need to reconsider how we approach credits. If a student shows up every day, and on the work he or she turns in demonstrates basic understanding, can we really deny that individual credit?