Why are middle school students given a numerical grade in art and music instead of pass/fail?

COMMENT:

Why are the middle school students given a numerical grade in art and music instead of pass/fail? I have heard many kids, (and parents,) complaining that art and classroom music are their lowest grades. If they can get 99 & 100 in accelerated classes should their average suffer because they aren’t artistic?

RESPONSE:

Thanks for your comment. Except for a few select special education and English as a second language classes, pass/fail classes are not offered at Scotia-Glenville. The art and music classes at the middle school are required by state regulations, so it is doubtful that they could be made pass/fail.

Scotia-Glenville values all types of education and classes – whether it is accelerated English or art or a second language. The school district does not rank any classes as “more important” than other classes; all classes add something to a student’s overall knowledge base and to their eventual character and well-being. Those classes offer a lot of the students, regardless of a child’s average in them.