San Diego Unified School District overhauls grading system in effort to “combat racism”

The San Diego Unified School District is overhauling the way it evaluates students and hands out grades in an effort to “combat racism.”

Turning in work on time and classroom behavior will no longer count towards an academic grade and only towards a student’s “citizenship grade.”

Academic grades will no longer be based on a yearly average but overall mastery of the material in an attempt to help students who struggle during parts of the year.

San Diego Unified School District VP Richard Barrera explained “This is part of our honest reckoning as a school district.”

“If we’re actually going to be an anti-racist school district, we have to confront practices like this that have gone on for years and years,” he added.

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