District Denies Allegations of Grade Inflation

By: AP
By: AP

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A Grand Junction school district is denying allegations of grade inflation after several teachers testified in a case involving the termination of a teacher.

The Daily Sentinel reports Sunday that an administrative law judge recommended retaining Grand Junction High School math teacher Jane White after teachers testified that administrators pressure them to avoid giving students D's and F's. Judge Matthew E. Norwood wrote that multiple teachers testified that administrators pressured them in order to minimize complaints from parents and ensure extracurricular eligibility.

Norwood wrote that White was placed on leave last year after complaining about the elimination of a math tutoring program.

District 51 Chief Academic Officer Bill Larsen says teachers district-wide are encouraged to teach or recommend tutoring among ways to prevent students from getting failing grades.

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