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PAUSD needs grade inflation
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by Mom, Palo Alto High School,
on May 3, 2012
My daughter is in the second highest lane of math at Paly, called the AB lane. This lane is the highest lane at other schools, so it's the lane where students have to be good at math and is a step above regular lane math. They just took a test where there were only 3 "A"s and there were plenty of "D"s and "F"s. This occured not only in her class, but in other classes too. So the teachers allowed students to retake the test but the most they could do is gain 10 more points on their test grade. This lane is not for the slacker students. How can the teachers distribute such low grades? Obviously, the material was not taught sufficiently or the test was too difficult. I asked my daughter why she did not do well when she studied with her tutor beforehand, and she didn't know why; she said she knew the material.
Yes, I am asking for more grade inflation! Why can't they distribute higher grades, yet still teach difficult material?
My older son had some teachers in other subjects who made it easy to earn "A"s or "B"s if they worked hard yet did not torture the students. And he learned a lot from those teachers.
With Mr. Toma as head of the math department, however, grade inflation in math will never occur. "They get what they deserve" would be his response.
I'll bet there is grade inflation at Castilleja and Menlo, which the reason parents send their children to those schools. A student told my daughter that Castilleja was easier than Paly. I heard there are counselors at those schools who contact colleges with names of students they recommend.