One father is upset about a grading controversy at Marion Harding High School.
The complaint has led to a partial change in how students are graded.
Sophomore Joshua Hickman is taking chemistry at the school and as part of the grade, the teacher collects all of the students' notebooks.
Three of them are randomly chosen and the average grades are assigned to all of the students in the class.
Hickman's dad said that is not fair and it could bring his son's overall grade down at a time he is applying to colleges.
"I don't think any student should suffer the grade of another student. Everyone should be graded on what they do, especially when it drops a grade. We went from an 'A' to a 'B' on work my son did not even do," said father Jason Hickman.
The superintendent of the school said he would re-evaluate the grading procedure, but initially had no concerns.
"She does it in an effort to show kids what teamwork's about and how to work together. I say I want to see the process work, because if it was a green, brand new teacher, I'd have a concern. But she's been using this system for a long time, and it takes time after nine weeks to go back over every notebook - I have no concern," said Superintendent James Barney.
Barney told 10TV News late Monday that the change had been made and that from now on, students in that chemistry class will be graded individually. Marks will not based on a random sampling of notebooks.
Jason Hickman said he will continue to press for an across-the-board, fair grading system in all classes and in all grades.
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