Grading system 'broken' or just buggy?
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on May 31, 2013
Steve Uhlir, who began speaking out against aspects of the high school district's new grading policy about six months ago, said he is feels the issue is being "swept under the rug" by school administrators.
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posted Friday, May 31, 2013, 9:50 AM
Posted by MVHS parent
a resident of Waverly Park
on Oct 24, 2013 at 8:38 am
2013-2014 MVHS Grading issues
One change in this school year is in both English and Social studies.
2013-2014 school year, 90% (A), 80% (B), 70% (C), 60%(D)
2012-2013 school year 80-100 A, 60-80 B, 40-60 C, 20-40 D, 0-20 F
The differences 60% to 80% (B), 40% to 70% (C), 20% to 60%(D) is a huge change for students to adjust. Specially for 2014, 2015, 2016 classes.
2nd change in 2013-2014:
2013-2014 school years, all departments using grading procedures :
90% (A), 80% (B), 70% (C), 60%(D) 50% (F).
And with method that students will have many chances to retake tests, do corrections on tests and home works for all subjects. Teachers will be responsible that students are relearned.
Even though, the grading procedures is the same 90-80-70-60-50 for all departments this year, under each department the procedure is still different. Huge difference in Math department.
Math Department is using their own procedures this year, cumulate method and NO corrections on tests and home works. Same as last year, many parents have raised the issues, but no change this year still.
Math department was using the grading procedure with cumulate method, such as, test1 grade can be replaced with test2 grade if test2 grade is better. Test2 will include test1 materials, and so on. So, if all 3 tests are not good, but the 4th test is great, then teat1, test2, test3 will be replaced with test4. Test4 will include test1, test2, test3 materials. There is NO redo on tests, NO corrections on tests and No corrections on home works. No teachers' efforts to confirm students relearned.
This method is different than all other departments. This method sounds great, big rewarding system. However, there is NO math teachers' efforts on making sure students relearned materials. Math teachers don't have to grade redo tests or corrections. This method only shows that Math teachers are not willing to spend time on grading redo tests and corrections, and math teachers are not willing to be responsible for students relearning. This method Only shows students paying lots of effort on studying cumulative tests. No teacher's efforts at all.
For all other departments, students receive credit if they do corrections for both tests and home works. Example, the student got 70 points out of 100 on a test, he/she can receive 15 points if he/she do all correct on test correction. So his/her grade can be changed from C to B for that test. If student test grade is 50, and with the test correction, the new grade can be 75 points and is C. That shows a lot of teachers' efforts and cares on making sure students relearned the materials, and getting better grade, and be successful.
I would appreciate that School board can do something to the Math department now, Math department should have same grading procedures as other departments. Be responsible for students relearning. students are able to redo the math tests, and do corrections and math home works and receive credits. Students haven't done any test corrections, and they still have about two months to do so to get credits for the first semester.
I would appreciate school board can remove the laws saying each department can have their own grading procedures. It doesn't make any good for unifying the grading procedures. Parents are confusing, same as our students getting extra pressures to adjust different grading procedures from different departments. A message from 10/22 grading meeting, one teacher subject can have his own grading procedures
Mr. Moody sited a statistic that there were more As earned, less Fs as improvement on grading procedures standard for 2012-2013.
What standard will be used for 2013-2014?
Will there be another grading procedure change If less As, and more Fs?
Class 2015 students have experienced three different grading procedures in three years.