D is for Dying Standards

Why is a 60 percent passing?

By Shaylee King and Lauren Penington

When did a D become a passing grade? When everyone became idiots. No one even tries anymore.

Eligibility is a major concern for most of the activities at any high school. The standard varies from coach to teacher to adviser, but most of the time you can get two F’s before you’re put on probation. You have to be passing the majority of your classes in order to play on the field or participate in competitions and so forth. However, “passing” qualifies as a 60.0 percent or higher.

When did this become the new standard? By allowing those with D’s to pass, we are enforcing the theory that students can do next to nothing and still skate by. Students don’t even realize the issue until they are applying to colleges with transcripts littered with D’s and C’s and nothing to show that they actually are proficient.

Then we then have the other end of the spectrum.

“A lot of people in [my] friend group actually are afraid to get B’s. The need for the highest GPA and fear of our future is overwhelming and it actually causes one of my friends to have anxiety attacks and breakdowns in some of her classes,” sophomore Ashlyn Smith said.


By providing a more reasonable constant, such as a C passing grade, we can encourage the dunces with D’s to raise their grades, participation, and understanding. The D passing grade may have been created to lower stress in students, but having to get a C to pass will not only help keep stress lower by allowing students to realize they don’t have to always get that A, it will raise standards for the school in general.

A 60 percent should not be a passing grade. Having it as such, encourages laziness and procrastination on a level that is too high to control. It gives students the illusion of control and the temporary feeling of happiness, until they are rejected by every college that might have accepted them one letter grade higher.

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