There is a new standards based grading system that is starting to be implemented into the schools. I first heard of it when I was talking with Allison about her student teaching experience, and she was telling me a few things about this new grading system. The main reason behind switching to this new grading system, from what I understand, is that it is supposed to assess grades based on the students’ mastery of the material, and not any other factors. The new grading system is also supposed to be aligned with the Common Core Standards as well. Instead of issuing a grade of A-F, the new system uses numbers 0-4 to assess students work. I was reading this article, which was written in November of last year, and the author was discussing some of the negatives that comes with the new grading system. The common complaint from students is that they don’t feel like they’re being graded fairly and it’s much harder to earn an “A” now with the new system. The school commented back saying it’s not due to the new grading system that earning an “A” is more difficult, it’s because of the new standards. Other complaints were that some teachers only use whole numbers, while other teachers use tenths or hundredths to assess. (An A- starts at 3.5, and an A starts at 3.67 so it does make a huge difference what exact number a teacher uses).
What are your thoughts on this new system? Do you think it will be better overall for both students and teachers to use a grading system like this? What are your fears with using this new system? I know I am worried that if I’m student teaching in a school that uses this system, it will take me a while to learn how best to assess students’ work because the limited practice we’ve had is based on the traditional A-F system. I do think this makes sense to be used with CC, but like anything new, it will take time for everyone to get used to using this system, but I was curious to see what everyone thinks about it!