8:35 am May 28, 2009, by Laura Diamond
UPDATE: Cobb County school board voted Thursday night to expand the 3-2-1 grading system to third grade.
Some Cobb County parents want the district to hold off on further implementing a new grading system, which replaces traditional letter grades with the numbers 3, 2 and 1.
These parents say there’s little data showing this latest education fad works. If anything, they argue it promotes mediocrity.
Traditional A, B, C, D and F grades are still found in grades 4-12, but Cobb’s younger students receive grades on specific skills and given the top rating of a “3″ if they meet standards “consistently and independently.”
It seems as though schools develop new ways to grade students every couple of years. While these new grades may be better aligned with state standards, the new system can be so confusing that too much time is spent deciphering the grades.
What type of grading system should schools use to measure what students have learned?
How much time do you spend trying to determine what test scores and report card grades mean?
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