A state district judge has upheld the 2009 Texas truth-in-grading law, handing a victory to public school teachers who contend they should be able to give students the grades they deserve, now matter how low. Several school districts argued in the case that they could require teachers to give minimum grades on student report cards, to provide a "safety net" to mitigate drop-out rates and disciplinary problems.
State District Judge Gisela Triana-Doyal said the statute is clear. School districts cannot enforce policies that require a minimum grade for students regardless of their achievement on report cards, class assignments, and homework.
Several urban school districts had filed suit against the state, claiming that the law applies only to class assignments, not progress reports or report cards. There was no mention of a potential appeal in various media reports.
The law was sponsored by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound).