Going beyond letter grades

Today, when fifth-graders at Clark-Pleasant schools receive a B on a math test, that tells their families they answered most of the test questions correctly, but school officials want to also show them what the youngsters still need to learn.

Parents can still expect to see the traditional A, B and C grades on students’ report cards, but over the next several years school officials want to add to them. That likely will include creating more detailed grade reports and a numbered grading scale running from zero to four, showing students and their parents which math, English and other lessons they have and have not learned, director of curriculum and instruction Cameron Rains said.

For example, when students get a B on a math test, their families can see that they understand how to multiply one- and two-digit numbers, but before they’ll be considered at grade level they need help learning to multiply three-digit numbers, Rains said.

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