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3. Academic Program

The academic program should be designed to facilitate the school’s mission and be implemented to meet the needs of its students. All students at an independent school should be receiving an enriched education.

In this Standard, the school’s program must be congruent with its mission and strategic plan. The academic program must be based upon an articulated philosophy and supporting research about how students learn and the most effective ways to teach them.

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What Happens When Grades Are Too Low?- A continuing source of concern and consternation, grade inflation remains at the core of the debate on assessment practices, benchmarking exercises, evaluation of teachers, accountability and learning outcomes. More rigorous programs, including the International Baccalaureate, whose grades have generally remained stable over the years, have recently led registrars at universities to adjust the grades to reflect student competence.  (Updated April 17, 2014) 

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