Link to NYTimes (free reg required) There are many stories like this frequently in the news, but this one seems remarkable for the high level of detail that the teacher kept, the teacher's immediate and firm response, and some of the particular stipulations made by the principal directing teachers on grading policies. One discussion question: for those of you who have taught, have you ever experienced grading pressure? I have taught undergraduate courses twice (once at the University of Michigan and once at the University of Florida). I never experienced grading pressure outside of an initial pro forma discussion of approximate expected grade distributions, which I consider appropriate at the University level. In hindsight I allowed too much extra credit in one of my classes and unintentionally inflated grades more than I wished, but I abided by my mistake and awarded the higher grades. I did experience one cheating situation, although notably the student was caught by a third party after the conclusion of the course. The University conducted a student-led honor council evaluation that appeared to be fair, but I think they declined to substantially penalize the student despite pretty good evidence. In any event, I also don't consider that undue interference in my independent grading responsibilities as an instructor. I've never taught below the Junior / Senior undergrad level.