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Grade-changing offers teachable moment | READER COMMENTARY

A student raises his hand to show that he has the answer to a question in his first grade class at Glenmount Elementary/Middle School. File. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun).

In my day (as a 1969 high school graduate), passing was at 70%. Over the years, it has decreased to 65 and now 60 (”Gov. Larry Hogan calls for criminal investigation into Baltimore City schools grading practices,” June 9).

The obvious answer to a teacher’s dilemma of bumping 58s to 60s therefore is lower passing to 55. This could also be a valuable teaching tool for students as to counting by fives, or how to progress to zero sum intelligence.


— Bruce Rice, Towson

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