“I don’t feel that kids should have their self-esteem blown down. At junior high level, I feel that they should have to meet that standard,” said Denise Brooks, a District 25 parent.
What Denise supports is a change in District 25 grading practices. For kindergarten through fifth grade, instead of giving children grades A through F on their report cards and progress reports, teachers will give them an indication that they met a standard, nearly met a standard or did not meet a standard. The goal being that it’s easier for parents to see the progress that children are making in lieu of simply giving them a grade, as has been done for many years.
Denise continued that, “I like the whole idea of it because like I said the self-esteem issue; knowing what your kid needs help in and if they’re not meeting target, you know that you need to work harder with them on that subject.”
Alfred, who has two grandchildren in the district 25 school system, would like to see these changes happen on a state level.
Alfred state that, “I like the old school, because I’m school but if we have to change, then let’s all change together throughout the state, not just county-by-county.”
One question that Alfred and other parents had is whether or not the new three tier system includes failure, if a student is listed as not meeting the standard. Superintendent Mary Vagner explained the difference.
Vagner explained that, “The old concept of F taught kids that you can opt out of your learning if you’re satisfied with an F then you don’t have to continue. So this effort is to look at more of a continuous improvement with children, spiraling to what the next standards will be.”
The new grading practices were unanimously accepted by the school board and should go into effect immediately.