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Washington County schools to reinstate 'D' grade

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 2:01pm  ET

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Washington County public schools are making it easier for students to pass by bringing back the D.

The Herald-Mail newspaper of Hagerstown ( ) reports that the school board voted 6-1 Tuesday to reverse action taken in 2001. The Ds will return next school year.

The reversal was proposed by board member Wayne Ridenour. He says a D provides a cushion for students who don't do well on tests or fail to turn in homework, even though they may have mastered the subject matter.

The change lowers the threshold for a passing grade from 70 percent to 60 percent.

Ridenour says some educators believed that eliminating the D grade would motivate students to work harder. He says reinstating the grade will bring Washington County schools in line with neighboring school districts.


Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md.,

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