Mommy, Mommy, I Made An "M"
|That doesn't even sound right does it? Some of you
probably have no idea what I'm talking about but if you have kids in
kindergarten thru forth grade in Loudon County schools you know exactly
what I'm talking about. It's the new grading system that the schools are
The new grading system, called standards based grading, uses M, P and N instead of A, B and C. According to school administrators the new system is suppose to provide parents with a better understanding of a child's progress. But from the parents I've heard from the new system is more confusing than helpful.
In the world of education ever so many years the "professionals" seem to come up with some kind of new way to educate children then after a while another bunch figures out another new way and decide the old way doesn't work. It's been that way for years. One good example is some years ago the professional educators came up with what was known as the pod system for new school buildings. (North Middle and Fort Loudon Middle) The idea was no walls between classrooms but an open forum. Kind of a cum-bi-yah style of education. It didn't take long to figure out that this was a bad idea. Then millions more had to be spent putting walls between classrooms. The new grading practice also eliminates the Honor Roll program.
It's kind of that old saying. "If it's not broke, don't fix it." For years children have been educated and graded with A, B and C's and that seems to have worked pretty good. Most of us managed to make it through and graduate. But, for the sake of kids and to give the new system the benefit of the doubt, parents should give it a little time to see if the new system is in fact better.
The new system is not mandatory and is strictly an experiment and can be ended at any time. If you have questions or concerns about the new grading system, you can contact your principal or system administrators.
Switching from 'A's to 'M's in Loudon County elementary schools
Mary E. Hinds News Herald
The traditional A, B and C grades are being replaced with scores of M, P and N at Loudon County elementary schools this year.
At the Thursday, Sept. 3, county school board workshop, members discussed calls from parents concerned about the new grading system, which reflects whether a student has mastered or not mastered a subject. This change from the usual format has apparently left some parents confused.
"It is more important for teachers and parents to have a true understanding of a student's areas of understanding," she told the board. "The reason behind that - we talked about it quite a bit - we know the classroom teachers give a lot of recognition within the room. We want to reserve that honor roll for our older students," she said.
According to Greene the state has not mandated the change but more counties are moving toward this grading system.
"This was a Loudon County decision," she said. "We knew it was a huge change," adding after the grading system has been in place for a year it will be reevaluated. Greene Acknowledged and any necessary changes will be made at that time.