Virginia High School Eliminating 'F' Grade

November 15, 2010

Students willnow have a hard time failing at West Potomac High School.

Report cards that arrived at students' homes last week showed few failing grades. Instead, students got marks of "I" for incomplete and will only get an F if they fail to complete assignments in the months to come.

West Potomac's principal, Clifford Hardison, says the change is a "huge paradigm shift." At the end of last year, Hardison says he counted nearly 2,000 Fs given to students. Now students are being encouraged to continue to work rather than accept a failing grade.

Not everyone is pleased with the change. English teacher Mary Mathewson says a number of her colleagues are livid and that taking away the F means students have less motivation to do well.

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