Public High Schools Are Introducing Race-Based Grading Systems

Schools in the State of Washington and Chicago, Illinois are slipping in race-based grading and discipline policies. Under the new race-based rubric, children will be treated and graded differently based on their race. For example, a Black student who misbehaves, misses class, or fails to turn in his assignment will be treated more leniently than a White or Asian student doing those same things. Below is an article from the National File explaining this new race-based grading system:

A Chicago High School is implementing a race-based grading criteria in order to “adjust classroom grading scales to “account for skin color or ethnicity of its students.” A slide used in a presentation in which the new policy was announced claimed that “traditional grading practices perpetuate inequities.”

Oak Park and River Forest High School administrators will require teachers to adjust their existing grading criteria based on the new guidelines West Cook News.

Depending on their race, students will not be disciplined or see their grades slip for missing class, misbehaving in school, or for failing to turn in assignments. Black students will be given the most leeway while their White and Asian counterparts will receive no such leniency.

School board members discussed the plan called “Transformative Education Professional Development & Grading” at a meeting on May 26, which was presented by Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning Laurie Fiorenza.

“Traditional grading practices perpetuate inequities and intensify the opportunity gap,” reads a slide in a PowerPoint presentation that outlined the new policy’s rationale and goals.

Teachers have also been reminded to keep the district’s political philosophies in mind. “Teachers and administrators at OPRFHS will continue the process necessary to make grading improvements that reflect our core beliefs,” the plan states.

The new policy is expected to be implemented by the Fall of 2023.

“By training teachers to remove the non-academic factors from their grading practices and recognize when personal biases manifest, districts can proactively signal a clear commitment toward [Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice],” said Margaret Sullivan, who serves as associate director at the Education Advisory Board.

According to Sullivan, merit-based grading systems are “outdated practices” that affirm “unconscious biases.”

According to the Illinois State Board of Education, 38 percent of the district’s sophomore students taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) failed. The district’s failure rate broke down to 77% among Black students, 49 percent for Hispanics, 27 percent for Asians and 25 percent for White students.

Proponents of “equity based” grading aim to raise the grade-point-averages of Black students at the expense of their classmates of other ethnicities, particularly White and Asian students.

The Powerpoint can be viewed at this link.

 Washington State to Implement Race-Based School Discipline 

2 thoughts on “Public High Schools Are Introducing Race-Based Grading Systems

  1. You have to feel sorry for poor ignorant Margaret Sullivan, displaying her ignorance for all the public to see. He policy will further alienate Blacks and leave them even FARTHER BEHIND. Perhaps this is her intention, as the Left has a history of being very racist. See Margaret Sanger’s autobiography. Ms Sanger founded Planned Parenthood with the goal of killing all Blacks, whom she called “weeds”. Her autobiography is available free online, anyone can look up her quote. PP continues her policy. See the book by Bruce Fleury: The Negro Project: Margaret Sanger’s Diabolical, Duplicitous, Dangerous, Disastrous and Deadly Plan for Black America.

  2. I am beyond appalled by the racism, viciousness and destructiveness of this throw-back policy which affirms a bias against competence, equal ability and merit-worthiness of some students based on skin melanin content.
    I marched, struggled, voted, educated and advocated for an end to racism. Apparently, we have to do it all over again.
    Any person who truly cares about equality will roar out his/her outrage and stop this atrocity from bearing its toxic, life-altering fruits of IN-equal opportunity.
    Remediation? Great. Assistance to catch up and get on track for those currently behind? Fantastic. This? Illegal, unlawful and just plain stupid.

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