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New Neosho School District Grading System Replaces A’s, B’s and F’s: Parents Show Approval


          A recent survey of parents shows they're pleased with the Neosho Missouri school districts new grading system.

Students in the Neosho school district  still learn reading, writing and   about verbs. But report cards now show numbers instead of letter grades.

Paige Corter, a fourth grader at Goodman Elementary said, "I got one two, a couple of three’s and two fours. I think I did really good."

One is just learning a concept and four is advanced and able to apply it in the world.  
The district is using standard based grading now which officials say gives a clearer picture of what kids know than subject  letter grades.
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Rebecca Sears said, "You might have reading standards and  writing standards and they would all be averaged together in to one (letter) grade. Standards based grading takes it and breaks it down by standards.  Each learning target is assessed  on a 1, 2, 3, 4 and where students are with their learning on that specific standard."

South Elementary principal Lee Woodward added, "With this format, you can go in and know my kid might be great at addition but where they may be struggling may be multiplication."

Teachers say that means fewer big group lessons and more targeted teaching.
Fourth grade teacher at Goodman Shelly Capps said, "We do maybe ten of fifteen minutes of a mini lesson geared to what we need all the kids to know we’re doing that day. Then they do station work. We let kids work on this skill if they need it or come to my table and  work in a group of three or four. And I’m able to really hone in on their needs."  

Fourth grade students like Paige have their own binders to track their test results and work on problem areas.

She said, "And so, I chose to work on identifying main idea and supporting details, because I got a zero on that."

Sears said, "And seeing that student motivation and that ownership  and even the student  goal setting and students  tracking  their own data of where they are in their learning, that’s exactly what we wanted to see."

Data walls  track  class progress in Goodman classrooms, while some schools choose to  use online systems so  parents get video clips of students presentations or projects.

South Elementary teacher and parent Amy Crane says this way everyone knows student’s strengths and weaknesses including her own children. "I love it it gives me a great understanding and idea of where they are and what they need to work on." 

     The standards on the district reports cards were selected as priorities based on  required Missouri state education standards.


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