Students Should Have A Choice for Their 2nd Semester Grades

Students Should Have A Choice for Their 2nd Semester Grades

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Nada Fadul started this petition to MCPS Board of Education and

As our MCPS community as well as our nation continue to suffer from this COVID-19 pandemic, on May 12th, 2020, the Montgomery County Board of Education will make their decision on the 2nd semester grading system, a decision that will have a substantial impact on all MCPS students. Although Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) have issued their decision to facilitate a “Pass/Fail” grading policy for the 4th quarter of this year, the decision on 3rd quarter grades and 2nd semester grades has not been made yet, and students’ semester grades are reflected on the transcripts that are sent with their college applications.

During the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on April 21st, 2020, it was stated that the “preferred option” was to administer a universal “Credit/No Credit or Incomplete” policy for the 2nd semester, and we simply cannot accept such an unfair grading system. We are the hard-working students who have dedicated significant time, effort, and energy into our school work. We are the persevering students who have been completely committed to our education. We are the students who have passed up other important opportunities in order to devote our focus to achieving academic success. We cannot allow a universal, obligatory “Pass/Fail” grading system to be implemented at the expense of our hard-work and dedication to our education. With a “Pass/Fail” policy, every single vigorous Honors/AP/IB/AL class we are taking would not be graded for Honors credit/weight, but instead a passing credit only.

We implore our MCPS administration to be conscientious about accommodating all MCPS students and making a decision that serves the best interest of every student by implementing an optional “Pass/Fail” grading policy for the 2nd semester. This way, students can receive credit and recognition for their hard-work and academic achievements in the 3rd quarter, and students are also provided with the opportunity to work diligently to improve their grades during the 4th quarter. Students will at least have the choice to continue learning how to work hard despite adversity during the 4th quarter, and their hard-work will be acknowledged.

This solution resembles the decisions made by several other school systems, such as Anne Arundel Public Schools, North Carolina Public Schools, Fairfax County, Howard County, among several others across the country. Evidently, not all school systems across the nation are coming to the consensus of an obligatory “Pass/Fail” system, so the students who are allowed to choose to “opt-in” to the letter grading system and work for grades that increase their Grade Point Average (GPA) are going to have a substantial advantage over MCPS students who were forced to comply with a universal “Pass/Fail” grading system. In other words, an obligatory “Pass/Fail” grading system is not equitable for all students, and in fact, it would actually hinder hard-working students’ chances of acceptance into college and receiving an academic scholarship, especially if they need an academic scholarship in order to receive a higher education due to their financial disadvantages. All colleges and academic scholarships consider students on a national scale, so a universal “Pass/Fail” system would set these diligent students behind other public and private school systems that are providing their students with the freedom to choose what is most flexible and fair to them, thus increasing disparity and inequity when MCPS students are compared to students from around the nation during the college application process. Please do not hinder the hard-working MCPS students’ chances to compete on a national scale; we are the future leaders of every field.

Please sign this petition and share it with your friends today! We must act fast, as the Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association (MCR-SGA), a student-led organization that claims to represent all 162,680 MCPS students, has just passed a resolution endorsing and supporting a universal “Pass/Fail” policy.

Feel free to comment on this petition with your thoughts and contact us with any questions and/or suggestions at nfadul4@gmail.com.

We sincerely appreciate your time and consideration.


Thank you,

Nada Fadul

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