Illinois High Schools to Implement Race-Based Grading System in 2022-23 School Year

May 31, 2022

OAK PARK, IL—Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRF) administrators will require teachers to adjust their classroom grading scales to account for the skin color or ethnicity of their students next school year.

School board members discussed their newly developed plan called “Transformative Education Profession Development & Grading” at a meeting on May 26, which was presented by Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning Laurie Fiorenza, reports West Cook News.

Test scores, IQ, and intelligence were created by “white supremacy” to demoralize students of color—Asians don’t count, they’re “white adjacent.”

OPRF will order its teachers to exclude multiple grading variables that “disproportionally hurt the grades of black students.” Black students can no longer be docked for missing class, misbehaving in school, or failing to turn in their assignments. These steps will equalize test scores among racial groups, according to West Cook News.

“Traditional grading practices perpetuate inequities and intensify the opportunity gap,” states OPRF.

Over 38-percent of OPRF sophomore students taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) failed. When broken down by racial groups, 77-percent of African-American students failed, followed by 49-percent Latino, 27-percent for Asians, and 25-percent for Caucasians, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.

OPRF will begin “competency-based grading, eliminating zeros from the grade book…encouraging and rewarding growth over time,” to battle “white and Asian supremacy” in American schools, which is inherently racist and designed to “keep black students down.”

“Teachers and administrators at OPRFHS will continue the process necessary to make grading improvements that reflect our core beliefs,” the plan states, promising to “consistently integrate equitable assessment and grading practices into all academic and elective courses” by fall 2023.

“Equity-based” grading practices will require schools to raise the grade point averages of African-American students and lower scores of “higher-achieving Asian, white, and Hispanic” students.

“By training teachers to remove the non-academic factors from their grading practices and recognize when personal biases manifest, districts can proactively signal a clear commitment toward DEIJ,” said Margaret Sullivan, associate director at the Education Advisory Board.

“This is America, in this country, we share. When an Asian student gets seven As, they should redistribute that to black students. The Asian student will survive with seven Bs and that’s a small price to pay if black students don’t have to repeat a semester because that’s exactly what white people want. I won’t cry tears for the Asian student. If they don’t like that, they can go back home.”

Sullivan calls grading based on traditional classroom testing and homework performance “outdated practices” and fosters “unconscious biases,” reports West Cook News.

Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning Laurie Fiorenza called for a switch to race-based grading last August when an unacceptable spike in “F” grades by OPRF students occurred in the 2020-21 school year. School districts across the U.S. are also experimenting with getting rid of zero-to-100 point scales to stop “white supremacy.”

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