After ‘Equity Audit,’ Minnesota Middle School No Longer Gives Students ‘F’ Grades

By Published on October 6, 2021

A Minnesota middle school will no longer give students “F’s” in an attempt to address “systemic racism” after conducting an “equity audit.”

Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, announced a new grading scale for the 2021-2022 school year that does not include anything under 50% or any “F’s,” according to a video posted to YouTube.

“Our whole intent is to ensure that grades focus on the process of learning,” Principal Christina Pierre said in the video.

Grades would also “not include behaviors, attitudes, tardiness to class, turning in on time/late, neatness, extra credit, etc.,” a slide in Pierre’s presentation read.

Students will also be able to retake or revise tests, quizzes, papers, and projects within 10 days of when the grade is posted, according to Norman Bell, associate principal at the school. If 1/2 credit is on a student’s grade report, the assignment is probably missing.

Sunrise Park Middle School serves students in grades six through eight in the White Bear Lake Area Schools district outside of St. Paul, Minnesota. It isn’t clear whether the middle school’s new grading scale will apply to the other middle school in the district, Fox News reported.

The district’s superintendent, Wayne Kazmierczak, was named Minnesota superintendent of the year, according to the Sunrise Park Middle School’s website. Kazmierczak “led the development of an equity commitment statement and adopted a four-way equity decision-making protocol to guide the district’s work” during the 2018-2019 school year, the site says.

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After the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the district conducted an “equity audit … to develop and implement both meaningful and actionable equity strategies for the district,” according to the announcement.

“Grading can be one of the largest areas in which systemic racism and inequities are perpetuated,” the audit concluded.

“Dr. Kazmierczak and [White Bear Lake Area Schools] believe grades should be a measure of what a student knows and has mastered in a given course,” the announcement added.

Pierre and Bell did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.


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