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Rigor and Accountability for Students and Teachers

One of the challenges faced by educators in the classroom pertains to students' work ethic and their sense of responsibility towards their education. This issue begins at the elementary school level and persists into middle school, manifesting as the practice of awarding undeserved grades. In this scenario, students are given a minimum passing grade of 50%, even when their actual performance falls within the 0% to 50% range. The underlying rationale behind this approach is to convey to students that they can still achieve success despite failures in specific assignments. Rather than striving for improvements in grading standards, students become aware that they can fulfill the bare minimum requirements. Consequently, as students enter middle and high school, their lack of diligence and motivation results in a lowering of academic rigor to align with their abilities.

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Paid for and approved by Victoria Smith, for Citrus County School Board District 2
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