We have been admonished that Standards Based Grading is “…not going away…”. Given the opposition to this, and the Common Core from parents, and policymakers alike, no one can be terribly sure. All parents can be certain about is that they are NOT “…going away….” Please welcome cent7, and press this astute assessment of Standards Based Grading into better policies for our children.
This year at Katahdin High School, the freshmen were guinea pigs for Standards Based grading. The administration rolled out the standards, not fully knowing how report cards or grading was done. This is a 1-4 system, which does not allow for honor roll this year. There may or may not be a valedictorian. How would you have one, if you have no grades? I don’t see how this is a good thing. Why don’t we want our kids to work hard, to achieve, and be the best they can be. Why would you implement something you are not ready for. Why would you put something into practice without fully communicating your expectations to parents, teachers, and students. Is this just another hoop we are asking students and teachers to jump through. Then I find out that we do not have to implement this until 2020. Parents of upcoming freshmen and next years sophomores should be very concerned about this. We should be able to go back to the good old A through F system until this is fully ready to put into practice until 2020. By then they probably won’t even use it. Why should our kids be the guinea pigs for this system, which is not ready. A 42 page report card, really, isn’t that the craziest thing. I got news for administration, no parent wants to look at something that broad. One page with grades is all we need. As parents, we need to have some say in our kids education, we need to get together and demand that this be put on the back burner until they are fully prepared. Lets work on getting this changed for our kids.