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Pass/Fail Without Harm

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Many local districts have implemented a pass fail approach to grading. Mt Lebanon is the only one missing a critical step – providing students with a second semester grade and full year GPA/QPA. Demand a change to 'Pass/Fail Without Harm'. Support a focus on learning without enduring anxiety.

The current crisis is stressful enough. Our high school students should not be subjected to additional anxiety about getting into college, winning merit scholarships, or earning academic honors. Unfortunately, the Mt Lebanon approach to Pass/Fail gives them reasons to worry. When third marking period grades are issued April 16, Dashboard will show ZEROs. North Allegheny and South Fayette are also pass/fail but all passing students will get 100’s – and those straight A's will count toward their GPA/QPA.

How does this affect your family?

  • Will you need merit scholarships to pay for college in the future
  • Did you work hard to improve your grades this semester
  • Concerned that a negative impact on GPA will affect college choices
  • Are you being forced to forfeit QPA points for Honors or AP classes
  • Upset about a disadvantage in comparison to neighboring districts

No other local district is making the same grading choice as Mt. Lebanon. Across Pennsylvania, schools are making smarter choices for their kids. Peer districts are using pass/fail to protect their students from the stress of grades while also bolstering their GPAs.

Assessment of grades have not yet been presented to the District School Board for a vote. Support a focus on learning without enduring anxiety by taking four simple steps to make a difference.

  • Sign the petition
  • Learn more about this important issue
  • Share this message with other concerned families
  • Email the administration.

Ask them to consider improving our approach to pass/fail to align with the regional norm.

Board of Education:

Tim Steinhauer:

Ronald Davis:

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