“We’ll try it for a year, and then evaluate,” was the consensus of school board members regarding the new dual grading report card to be used at the intermediate school level. The report card will show the usual numerical system grade and the equivalent in a letter grade.
By adding a letter grade to the report card, the board felt they were heeding public wishes for better understanding of the status of their student grade-wise. Many teachers feel the numerical grading system gives a more clear insight as to where students may need intervention. At the present time, PLC meetings are used by teachers to gear teaching principles to those areas of student need.
Would the addition of plus and minus to the letter grade encourage students to strive harder for excellence? Is there a way using the numerical system for a student to earn an “A” grade? And so went the questions. Those who want to achieve will, stated a board member.
At the present time, the district has three grading systems: elementary schools use the numerical system, intermediate schools use dual grading and upper level schools use the traditional method of letter grades. However, this is not unusual throughout Utah, remarked Mary Kay Kirkland. Almost all districts have two grading systems, she said.
After all the debate, Kirkland reminded the board that the dual grading system was proposed as parents wanted clarification of where their student is, what they know and what more do they need to learn, in a familiar style.
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