I have yet to understand what an “A” means or a 99 if you give a number. Does that mean that you don’t need to learn anymore? Or as I tweeted earlier this week “we grade our meat but we should teach our students.”
Therefore I would like to propose a different type of grading scale.
Editors Note: I know it may not be realistic given parent perception and the way colleges work but we need to stop defining our students based on grades.
There are two scales and each student gets a letter and a number
E- Excels and exceeds grade level benchmarks
G- Meets grade level benchmarks
A- Approaches grade level benchmarks
B- Is working below grade level
1- Is an enthusiastic learner and works out of his comfort zone
2- Has shown academic growth
3- Is willing to try and has started to make progress
4- Hasn’t shown any growth and only does what he needs to do
When using this system a student who is naturally smart but doesn’t do anything more could get a G-4 or an E-4 but a student who is not doing well academically but shows growth will receive a grade that reflects that.
I applaud schools that have a similar system. I would love for you to share what you are doing.
Note: We do grade based on grade level benchmarks until grade 3 in my current school.