Starting in January, students at the Summit Christian Academy in Summit, Mo. will have to rewrite their papers if they have more than five errors — and they can’t score any higher than 75% on the second try.
“Students and parents were somewhat shocked to hear these changes,” a student reporter wrote. “The immediate reaction from the student body was that the changes were too harsh.” One kid told the teen journalist: “I understand that it is a college prep thing, but we haven’t been taught well enough for it.”
I called Kim Gill, the school’s curriculum/principal, to see what she’s hearing about her five-errors policy. Some parents are protesting, she says. “We have some who are thrilled and others who are highly concerned because it’s tied to scholarship dollars,” which are tied to GPAs.
“One concession we’ve made is if it’s the same error that’s repeated in the paper, the teacher has the discretion to say, for example, I’m going to take these five run-on sentences and count them as one error.”
The principal says students have come to accept the policy. “As they discussed it, they realized it was in their own best interest.”