School Committee To Discuss Raising WHS Passing Grade Threshold

Agenda features talk on changing passing score back to 70.


School Committee member Vimala Phongsavanh is introducing a proposal during tonight's meeting of the board to raise the threshold for a passing grade at Woonsocket High School from 60 to 70.

The Woonsocket Call reports the agenda item will include a discussion of how the passing grade change to 60 has worked out.

The change went into effect last year, which in essence would have aided about 30 Woonsocket High School Seniors in making graduation that year.

The committee will also discuss the district's attendance policy.

Check the attached agenda for a full list of items for tonight's meeting, 7 p.m. at the Woonsocket Middle School's Hamlet Building, 60 Florence Drive.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect the effect of the lowered passing grade. While the change would have improved the graduation rate, the stated reason for the swtich was to align graduation requirements with those of  RIDE.

Linda April 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Somebody please explain how its possible that Ellie Nadeau can say on the radio today that she doesn't know what's going on with closing schools, moving grades into the middle school etc., yet the superintendent is telling state reps, other school committee members and the Call???? www. woonsocketcall.com. Is anyone in charge over there????
Novan for Life April 15, 2012 at 03:04 AM
She has selective hearing!!!
Novan for Life April 15, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Why to help kids strive for success i know i would rather pass with a 70 than take a 60 and not feel proud wouldn't you?
DonQ April 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM
This is proof once again that the entire school committee needs to go. Students aren't smart enough to pass with a grade of 70 (which is still not very good), so we lower the grade to 60 just so they can pass. Exactly how is that helping anyone other than making are educators look like they are doing a good job - when obviously they are failing big time. Of course, John will come to the rescue of the teachers (he either is a teacher, married to a teacher, or related to a teacher by other than marriage) and defend the practice of the dumbing of America because everyone is doing it. Our education system is a disgrace because the teachers aren't allowed to speak out against this ridiculous travesty.
John April 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM
DonQ ?(Ron), You're an idiot. You research nothing but claim to know everything. You're lack of research and rumor fueled posts are leading the charge of ignorance in this city. I post the facts, don't be lazy. Look them up.


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