In what one school district official calls a "conundrum," students at a California magnet school have asked that their Ds be changed to Fs.
When it opened four years ago, Dozier-Libbey Medical High School in Antioch, a school for students seeking health-care related professions, banned the D grade to encourage students to set higher goals for themselves. Students who didn't earn a C received an F.
After parents complained recently that the grading system was too tough, the Antioch Unified school district urged the school to resurrect the D and replace Fs with Ds on students' records, when D was the grade the student earned.
But here's the problem: California state universities don't accept Ds in college-preparatory courses, and students can't retake a class in an attempt to get a higher grade unless they receive an F.
While some teachers said they favored the no-D policy, others told the San Jose Mercury News that they'd heard of students intentionally failing a course so that they could retake it in summer school.
"It's really the opposite of what we're trying to accomplish," Tom Gravert, a teacher at Dozier-Libby, told the newspaper.
In an effort at compromise, the district gave students with Ds an opportunity to improve their grades through the summer electronic-course program.
"It's been an education for all of us," Antioch Unified school board trustee Walter Ruehlig told the Mercury News.