Court hearing on Texas minimum grade ban

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Eleven districts have sued Education Commissioner Robert Scott over his interpretation of a new law barring minimum grading policies.

A hearing was scheduled Monday in Austin.

Some districts have had policies that if a student failed and earned a zero, his or her grade automatically was boosted to the minimum score.

The districts, mainly in the Houston area, argue that not allowing students a grade below 50 allows room to improve and eventually get course credit. The districts also say the law should only apply to assignments.

Scott believes the law also applies to six-week or nine-week grading periods and he supports assigning "honest grades" on report cards.

The state attorney general's office, representing the Texas Education Agency, declined comment.

Information from: The Dallas Morning News,

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