Pass ’em along — or mastery learning? | Joanne

Teachers can raise graduation rates — and their own performance ratings — by giving D’s instead of F’s to poorly prepared students, writes Rob Barnett, a D.C. high school math teacher, in Washington City Paper.  Instead, he’s experimenting with mastery learning , requiring student to master one topic before moving on the next.

Credit: Stephanie Rudig

In DC Public Schools, teachers must “develop, document, and communicate a written plan for grade improvement” for a failing student, Barnett writes. Effectively, it’s “the teacher’s job is to find a way for the student to pass.” Once the…

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