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# How can this be?

My 6th grader got a D- on a Science paper where she got 3 out of 5 right. The teacher says it is 60%. How can that be a D-?? Anyone know?

Asked by Anonymous at 7:02 AM on Feb. 1, 2011 in General Parenting

• Sounds like all correct would be an A, miss one a B, 2 a C, and 3 a D anything more than 3 would be an F. That's some tough grading for a 6th grader IMO.

Answer by kitchenwitch78 at 7:04 AM on Feb. 1, 2011

• As for the - was it on neatness or complete sentences, correct punctuation, did they follow directions?

Answer by kitchenwitch78 at 7:05 AM on Feb. 1, 2011

• Grading scales are not all the same. Check your school's handbook, it probably gives the scale your school uses. I know locally the scale was just changed.
That is not the important thing. What you should be concerned about is what your child did not know or was not able to answer correctly on the test. Why is your child not achieving or not retaining the information. Were you going over the information with the child the days before the test? Have you discussed the information with your child?

Answer by tootoobusy at 7:11 AM on Feb. 1, 2011

• It can also depend on the grading school for the school district. Where I went to school, it would have been a failing grade. as our F was anything under 65%. If they use the scale that 60 to 69 is a D, it would be correct that as 60% is at the very low end of the D scale, it would be a D-
If it was only 5 points, it might not count as a huge part of the grade. I would ask the teacher how this might impact the overall grade.

Answer by layh41407 at 7:13 AM on Feb. 1, 2011

• Each was worth 20 pts. A=100, 1 wrong (B) 80, 2 wrong (C) 60%, 3 wrong (D) 40%,

Challenge it. That's just too harsh of a grading system.

Answer by Anonymous at 7:15 AM on Feb. 1, 2011

• 40% (4X) = F
60% (3X) = D-
80% (2X) = B-
100% (0X) = A

It is what it is, no matter how many times you slice it - move on to the next test mom!

Answer by cerealmom2 at 7:19 AM on Feb. 1, 2011

• I agree with cerealmom2. Sometimes it is hard when you kids get older and the tests and grading is different. The only other thing you might be able to do is see if you child can do some extra credit to bring her grade up.

Good Luck!

Answer by cornflakegirl3 at 7:24 AM on Feb. 1, 2011

• Yeah every point is worth 20 pts....hey look at the bright side a 60% in our school district is an F.

Answer by Finkette at 7:32 AM on Feb. 1, 2011

• Most schools a 60% is an F, be happy it's just a D

Answer by JLS2388 at 7:39 AM on Feb. 1, 2011

• That is a D-. A 59 would have been an F.

Answer by mompam at 7:51 AM on Feb. 1, 2011

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