Bayonne School District Lowers Passing Grade for Students

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Passing math class is about to become just a tad easier for some 9,600 Bayonne public school students.

After several months of preparation and discussion, Bayonne public school officials have decided to lower the passing grade in all classes from 70 to 65 as part of a three-year pilot program.

The reason: success leads to more success, according to Bayonne school honchos.

"We have very high expectations and standards for each one of our students," Superintendent of Schools Patricia L. McGeehan aid in a statement last week about the change. "However, we must be sensitive to the unique challenges they face and provide strategies and interventions that help students achieve their goals."

The final decision to lower the passing grade was made at a July 25 Board of Education meeting, said Rosalie Moran, district director of Title 1/Curriculum Team.

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