Monday, March 3, 2014

Out in Left Field: Aiming for mediocrity - On MCPS' Elementary Grading System

Aiming for mediocrity
The largest school district in Maryland, the Montgomery County Public Schools, has unrolled a new grading system for elementary school. The scale now runs from N to ES:
At one school, officials explained the new system via the following analogy: 
N: Not yet making progress or making minimal progress toward meeting the grade-level standard  
I: In progress toward meeting the grade-level standard  
P: Meets the grade-level standard by demonstrating proficiency of the content or processes for the measurement topic   
ES: Exceptional at the grade-level standard
N - cannot ride a bike  
I - rides a bike with training wheels  
P - rides a bike with two wheels  
ES - rides a Pogo stick
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