New Grading System Has Students And Parents Frustrated

A new grading system in one local high school has students and parents confused and concerned.

It could be coming to your child's school soon. According to district officials, this system is catching on across the country.

Parents are angry because it’s a confusing process. The old system is an average of how well the student did the entire semester. The new way puts more emphasis on how well the student does at the end of the semester. Just how much that student progressed, that's what determines the grade.

We spoke to one Falcon High School mom who told us both parents and students are frustrated.

"I'm not the only one who's been confused and upset about this change.”

Her daughter had previously been a straight "A" student. On this new Standards Based Grading (SBG) system, she's not.

We're used to seeing grades “A” to “F.” At Falcon, the grades students receive are now “E” for Exceptional to “U” for Unsatisfactory.

"It doesn't matter what you had back in August because we're looking at progress. We're looking at how the students have learned throughout the course of that class," District 49 spokesperson Stephanie Meredith said.

D49 said their elementary schools have been using this system for years. Now Falcon High School is using it too.

"That's what's upsetting is seeing her at such a young age take her grades so seriously and work so hard and then with the new system to be so confused,” one Falcon High School mom told us.

Right now the system is still in a transitional period for the teachers and school, but by January, the SBG system will be fully implemented.

This SBG system is being used at schools across the nation. It's been implemented not only by Falcon and Aurora public schools in Colorado, but also schools in Nevada and California.

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