Thursday, October 25, 2012

Washer Woman

Scrubbing is the practice of taking every regents score between 59 and 64 and trying to raise the score to a 65.  It is something that has gone on for as long as I can remember. Schools get rated by the number of passing scores so it is imperative to get those failing grades up.  A lesser known practice is the scrubbing of grades below 85 because these grades also increase the rating of a school.

Miss Marsh was our school's scrub woman.  While everyone marked, she did the rereads.  She found points no one else would ever have thought of awarding.  She was so creative with the points she awarded, she was even brought in after retirement to keep on scrubbing.

According to an article in Gotham News, the number of 65s on regents exams has decreased. I wonder if anyone checked the number of 66s or the increase in the number of 85s.

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