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New grading policy for Denton ISD secondary students

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A new grading policy for Denton ISD high school and middle school students will allow test re-takes and nearly unlimited time to turn in homework.

The idea is to reinforce and master concepts and ensure students are learning material, but some students now in college say the idea isn’t grounded in the real world and wouldn’t fly at a university.

The new Denton ISD policies are set to begin in the fall when the new 2014-15 school year begins.

Penalties for late assignments or work never turned in will disappear. Tests and quizzes will remain along with class projects and papers. But the overall idea is to increase the amount of feedback students get without the rough grades on report cards.

Students at the University of North Texas, in Denton but not affiliated with Denton ISD, said it would be a tough adjustment for students coming from such an environment in high school to college.

Freshman Cesar Velasco said his college professors are “pretty nice” but “if you're not getting your stuff done they have no time for that.”

Denton ISD included parents on the development of the new grading policy, which has already been tested in a few classrooms, and the district says those teachers saw positive results.

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