Parents, students lobby WCPSS for letter grades, not pass/fail, on spring report cards
Some Wake County students and parents are pushing for letter grades on the spring report card instead of a simple pass/fail on courses after schools were closed because of coronavirus concerns.
Apex High School sophomore Emma Fornes was among a group that launched a petition on Change.org for the letter grades on Wednesday. By Thursday evening, more than 2,200 people had signed on.
"I feel like we deserve to be recognized for our work," Fornes said, noting that a simple "pass" grade punishes students who performed well before the virus closed schools last month.
"Everyone should have the opportunity to record their Quarter 3 grades as their final grades for this school year because we worked super-hard, and that is what we earned," she said.
Jennifer Johnson, who has two children in high school, agrees, saying students in other states and private schools who may still get traditional grades – not just a pass – could have an advantage when they head to college.
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