DistrictÂ?s New Grading System Up For Discussion 10-25-2010 - WNEM TV 5

DistrictÂ?s New Grading System Up For Discussion 10-25-2010

The Bangor Township Schools district could review during its board meeting Monday night a controversial new grading system that's being used in some schools.
A standards-based grading pilot program was put into place at John Glenn High School and Christa McAuliffe Middle School earlier this year.
The system rates students on a 1 to 4 scale and correlates to a traditional letter grade.
For example, to get an A, or a 4, not only do students have to do the standard work, they must also do the advanced work, making it harder to get a top grade.
Administrators said that the system ensures students really absorb what's taught and are not just given grades. But parents claim they were caught off guard and unaware of the switch.
For now, the high school and the middle school are the only institutions using the program. The superintendent said he'll come back and re-evaluate it, but many parents want it to stop.
Last week, more than 100 parents showed up to voice their concerns during an informational meeting.
The grading system topic is not on the board's agenda for Monday's 7 p.m. meeting, but could be brought up by residents in attendance.

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