Instead of the K to 2nd grade students receiving one grade for each subject, standard based report cards would tell parents exactly how their kids are doing in different skills within the subject. So for example, instead of seeing simply that a student has a 70 in math, the new grading system allows parents to see exactly how the student is performing in different aspects of the subject.
Educators believe this method way of grading is needed during this early stage of learning.
"If we just have an average grade that's averaging multiple skills together that we do all along. This will be very specific to what skill is mastered and what skill is now," said Beth Maywald, WFISD K-2 Curriculum Coordinator
Over the summer, K-2 Curriculum Coordinator Beth Maywald and others will continue to research this grading system. During that time they will decide what the format will be for the new report cards in addition to a key that parents are able to easily read.
The new grading system will be tested out at Jefferson and Lamar Elementaries next spring. Though the new grade reporting system will be tested at those schools, students' reports cards will not change from the current system.
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