The new CCSD grade reform makes cougars roar
By Aubree Gearhart
The Clark County School District will be following a new grade reform this school year, which has resulted in several different opinions from students, parents and staff. The school district will now follow a system that promotes fair grading. In Coronado, the minimum grade students can receive is 50%, late policies will now be eliminated, summative assignments such as tests and quizzes will count for 75% of student grades, and students will now be able to retake all the tests.
“Although I understand the reasons for the reform of the marks, I have the impression that it devalues our transcripts of marks and our diplomas”, declared Junior Katie Lambert. “While being able to re-take quizzes and get a minimum of 50% of missing homework seems beneficial in theory, it makes it easier for students to get good grades, which makes the hard work of dedicated students. less important. I’m concerned that colleges may favor students who got good grades without the grade reform over those who got good grades with.
Similar to other Coronado students, Katie is frustrated with the new classroom reform and worries about what it might mean for the future. This new reform of the classes not only disturbs the pupils but also the teachers. Of course, teachers have a different perspective on grade reform.
“I believe that the CCSD’s new grade reform policy will be of general benefit to the students and families in the district,” said English teacher Mr. Watkins. “Overall, I think it creates a system that better reflects the things students have learned rather than being heavily affected by non-educational factors. I think the minimum-F system is a much more balanced and rational way to approach rating distributions. I also think that codifying a system for students to master subjects during a term rather than being tied to daily due dates. However, I think the grade weighting that puts so much emphasis on summative homework is something that hurts many people who experience anxiety about high stakes testing. ”
While teachers and students seem to have different views on the new classroom reform that has been put in place due to COVID-19, parents in the community also have something to say.
“I think it lowers the bar when we should be raising the bar to encourage our children to stay engaged in their studies,” said Lisa Walbridge, parent of Coronado. “There has to be some flexibility as well because of COVID, and if kids have to be quarantined for ten days in a row and can’t be in class, there’s no right way to respond to it. ‘continuous unknown. ”
Overall, CCSD’s new grade reform is a hot topic in Clark County schools right now, with everyone having different opinions. The citizens of Clark County are both enraged and intrigued by the rank reform that has been put in place.