ANCHORAGE (KTUU) The number of secondary students who received an 'F' as a grade in the Anchorage School District decreased last year. In 2015-2016, ASD reports that 1-in-3 students received an F. ASD says for the second semester of FY16, 28.35 percent of students had a failing grade compared to 20.43 percent in FY17.
ASD released a breakdown of numbers to the Anchorage Assembly showing a decrease in the percentage of students receiving F's across the board:
- Special educations students went from 43.31 percent having a failing grade to 28.88 percent.
- Alaska Native students had 50.97 percent down to 36.48 percent.
- African American students went from 28.87 percent to 27.14 percent.
- Pacific Islander students went from 44.37 percent to 34.74 percent.
- White and Asian students had the lowest number of students with a failing grade.
At Bartlett High School alone, there was a dramatic increase in the number of students who have improved their grades, including 327 students with honor roll numbers in a population of 1,671 students last year.
"Last year, it dropped down to 22 percent students with one 'F,'" said Sean Prince, principal of Bartlett High School. "I think it's a combination of the student effort and then what the teachers decided to do."
Prince said for all sports, unless a student has a 3.17 grade point average, they have a mandatory study hall with additional teachers staying after school to offering tutoring.
"You're a student first, and then you're an athlete," Prince said. "So student athlete falls in that order, and you need to be eligible to play."
Senior Jontay Edwards, who plays football, says students keep each other in check.
"I think it's great for our football team," Edwards said. "Football its a privilege. It's not a given thing. So if we maintain our grades, it's just another thing to add on to a great thing – we can do it in high school."