San Diego Unified Overhauls Grading Practices

The San Diego Unified School District is changing its grading system to foster a more equitable environment for students. The school board’s vote to change the grading system was unanimous.

Black, Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander high schoolers are much more likely to receive Ds or Fs, data show. The goal is to eliminate factors that could be contributing to a systemically discriminatory system.

As part of the overhaul, non-academic factors, such as student behavior, will no longer be part of grading. SDSU will no longer consider yearly averages or how late students turn in assignments when assessing grades.

“This is part of our honest reckoning as a school district,” says SDUSD Vice President Richard Barrera. “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.”

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