Failing grades spike during 2020-’21 school year

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MANCHESTER, N.H. – In the packet for Monday’s Manchester Board of School Committee (BOSC) meeting (see above), Manchester School District Superintendent Dr. John Goldhardt revealed the results of a right-to-know request showing a substantial jump in Fs between 2019-’20 and 2020-’21 school year.

During the 2020-’21 school year, education was mostly remote or hybrid based due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Only one school, Manchester School of Technology (MST), saw their amount of Fs go down. However, MST uses competency-based grading, where students are judged on their mastery of the content taught rather than test scores.

The Manchester Proud recommendations favored by the BOSC urge the Manchester School District to transition into competency-based learning in the near future.

In Goldhardt’s report to the board, he also reported that the Manchester School District received 198 new notifications of homeschooling in 2020-’21 and 882 students enrolled in public charter schools compared to 303 and 928 in 2019-’20.


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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.