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WFISD Looks to Change K-2nd Grading System

Wichita Falls ISD is looking to change the way teachers grade students in grades kindergarten through second grade, moving  to a standard based report card.
    Wichita Falls ISD is looking to change the way teachers grade students in grades kindergarten through second grade, moving  to a standard based report card. Earlier in the year  first and second grade teachers from each of the 17 schools in town met to discuss whether  the change is an option worth studying.With most teachers in favor --the district has begun researching whether to change the grading system for the  lower grades.
    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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