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Why one mom is outraged that her kid made the honor roll

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Beth Tillack didn't think her son's report card could cause such a stir, but it has.

"It is exciting to see that a result has come from it and fix something," she said Friday afternoon.

It started when Beth's son brought home his report card. He had 4 A's, one C and one D, but it said he made the honor roll.

"I assumed it was a mistake first of all," she said.

Beth said putting "C" and "D" students on the honor roll, even if it is her son, sends the wrong message.

Her message is now getting through.

"Grading practices are like religion and politics. You have a lot of different opinions, and you can't really get people to agree on the practices," said assistant superintendent Amelia Larson of Pasco County Schools.

Superintendent Larson said the policy is changing, and standards will be raised.

"I wasn't aware of all of this. If he had hadn't of had a "D" I probably would not have noticed," Tillack said.

For students in Pasco County in middle and high school, the grading system gives points for each class taken.

An "A" is worth four points. A "B" is worth three points. A "C" is worth two points. A "D" is worth one point and an "F" earns zero points.

To join the honor roll, students need at least 19 points, which is equivalent to a 3.2 grade point average.

That is the way it has been for more than 20 years, according to Pasco Middle School principal Kim Anderson.

"Most of the students make all ‘A's and ‘B's get honor roll, and a few of them might be an outlier with a low grader here or there," she said.

She agrees it is time for a change.

"I think it's important to look at our standards, and if our students are meeting the standards," she said.

Beth said her son is not thrilled by all of the attention, but she said he is learning from it.

"Times are different these days, it's okay to teach a kid to work hard," she said.

The school board said they are working on changes and expect a new grading system soon.

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