The new policy in Mount Olive, which took effect in September, raised the failure score to anything under a 70.
Superintendent Larrie Reynolds says the number of failing grades for district middle and high school students dropped 42.5 percent in the first quarter. And more students earned A's and B's.
Reynolds had proposed the policy last summer, saying he was tired of kids getting credit for not learning.
But some school officials and teachers say it's too early to declare the policy a success, since its only been in effect for one marking period.
They note the new policy allowed hundreds of students to retake exams and redo assignments following initial failing grades, often bringing up their scores and grades.
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