Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 20, 2009
Contact: Dave Nelson (512) 463-0112

SENATE APPROVES MERIT-BASED GRADING BILL

AUSTIN — The Texas Senate today unanimously approved legislation by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, prohibiting policies that require teachers to give students a minimum grade for their schoolwork. SB 2033 now moves to the House for further consideration.

"These polices are more widespread than people think. During the interim, I was appalled to hear from teachers who are not allowed to assign failing grades to students. It is often an unwritten rule, but it is happening in many of our schools," Senator Nelson, a former public school teacher, said. "Students will live up or down to the expectations we set for them. Minimum grade policies reward minimum effort. Teachers are in the best position to judge a student's work and should have the freedom to assign grades that reflect the merit of a student's performance."

SB 2033 requires that school districts adopt a written grading policy. It also prohibits such policies from requiring minimum grades.

The Texas Legislature is in session through June 1, 2009. To track issues before the Legislature, visit www.capitol.state.tx.us.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

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