Grading

Education
5:38 am
Tue December 10, 2013

'Standards Based Grading' Takes Root In N.H., Around The Country

Center Woods Elementary School used to give S-, S, or S as grades. Administrators there say these grades were too vague to be of much use.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Most of today’s students and their parents are used to report cards based on the letters A through F. But a new grading system is taking root in schools across the country that seeks to give parents a lot more information. Standards based grading breaks classes down to specific skills students have mastered.

A is good, F is bad. But what about E, M, IP, and LP?

Those are the grades that kids in Sanborn High School in Kingston get. They stand for exceeding, meeting, in-progress, and limited progress.

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Word of Mouth
2:23 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Having 24/7 Access To Your Kid's Grades Might Not Be A Good Thing

Report card circa 1944.
Credit Phil Jern via flickr Creative Commons

If recent revelations about the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs have you worried about the future of American privacy, it might do you good to think back to when you were still in high school… and nearly all of your activities were monitored by another powerful domestic agency: your parents.

Since then, technology has made surveilling students remotely, easier than ever before...Including a new program called “Power-School”, which offers parents around-the-clock online access to their children’s grades and academic progress. Jessica Lahey is a New Hampshire parent and educator, and author of the forthcoming book Why Parents Need To Let Their Children Fail. She recently wrote for The Atlantic about why her family is choosing not to use the system to monitor their fourteen-year old son.

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NH News
8:38 am
Mon June 11, 2012

New Hampshire Schools Leading the Way in Shift to "Competency"

Flikr Creative Commons / Dean Terry

 

At the beginning of this school year, Spaulding High School in Rochester took a big step. They put in a new grading system, got rid of final exams, and reworked how they thought about giving grades in general. The change at Spaulding is part of a bigger change happening all over the Granite State.

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