M, P, N, Stays
If there's one thing that's as sure as death and taxes, it's the fact that when government officials make a mistake they will never admit it and even worse they will cling to the mistake. Case in point.
Last May county school administrators asked the school board to approve an enhanced grading system for grades K-4. Little information was given at the time just what a drastic change was being proposed. We board members should have asked a lot more questions at the time.
The new grading system replaces the standard A, B, C with M, P, N and from every teacher and parent I've talked with, the new system is a total failure as a grading system but might have some value as an evaluation tool. The new system is a local experiment and could never be expanded any further. It also eliminates the honor roll program.
At Thursday's school board meeting, a majority of board members voted to continue the failed system at least to the end of this school year. So to those of you have expressed dissatisfaction with the new system, looks like we're stuck with it for now.
There may very well be some parents that like the new system. In fact board member Gary Ubbin said everybody he has talked to loves it but I haven't heard a single positive statement about it.
If you like the new system or if you don't like it, you should contact your school board representative and let them know.
Grading system stays
Mary E. Hinds News Herald
The new system, which has replaced the traditional A, B and C grades, rewards a student with an "M" is they have mastered a skill, a "P" if they are making progress and an "N" if a student has not mastered a skill.
Elementary Supervisor Kathy Green addressed the board explaining teachers are receiving comments and questions from parents about the new system and the comments have been both pro and con. She said the plan is to survey parents and teachers in March which "gives everybody a chance to get used to the system." She also said there will be a grade-level review of the grading system and changes made to the timing of certain classes in the school year. She told the board they had three options - stick with the new system, return to the old A,B,C grading system, or produce a duel report card that shows both sets of marks.