Schools Trying New Grading Scale

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KIMT News 3 — Getting an “A”, “B” or a “C” is a thing of the past for some Minnesota schools

Several schools in the metro area are moving towards standards-based grading for students.

The switch focuses on whether a student has mastered material and it’s designed to make grading more consistent from teacher to teacher, so a student who raises his or her hand in class a lot – but doesn’t know the material well – won’t get a better grade through sympathy.

“The traditional letter grade doesn’t necessarily mean they have met or haven’t met the standard,” Albert Lea High School Principal Jim Wagner said. “What they are looking at is if they get a one, meaning they didn’t meet the standard. Two, they partially met the standard, three, they met the standard and four they exceeded the standard.”

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We’re not aware of any local schools changing to the new system.

The Anoka-Hennepin school district will switch to the new system in the fall.

Middle schools in St.Paul will make the transition in 2013.

Minneapolis schools are also considering the option.

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