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Student Grading System Might See Overhaul in Muskego-Norway District

The Muskego-Norway School Board was presented with a study that demonstrated students' grades don't always align with performance on state achievement tests.

The Musekgo-Norway School Board is thinking about overhauling the grading system after a study demonstrated that students’ grades are not aligning with statewide achievement tests, reported My Muskego Now.

The board learned that some students who get an A and a B in courses are actually scoring basic or minimal in reading or math on statewide achievement tests. Conversely, some students who receive a D or even an F in some subjects actually scored advanced in reading or math on the WKCE.

The Grading for Learning Committee is looking into an option that replaces zeros with a still-failing grade of 60. If a student misses an assignment or test then that student would receive a 60 instead of a zero.

The committee is also looking into replacing letter grades or numbers with achievement categories like those used on the WKCEs, such as advanced, proficient, basic or minimal.

The committee will be presenting recommendations to the board on April 29. 

Keith Worst February 05, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Hopefully this means we will be able to implement more tools and dice up teacher pay some more. If we can make the teachers look even worse with this assessment we can get that pay to the low 20's where it belongs and create an even more poorly educated mass in town! OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!!!!
Concerned Citizen February 05, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Can someone explain why missing a test or an assignment should get a grade of 60 rather than zero? Also, just because a student is advanced in reading or math, does not mean they cannot get D's or F's in subjects, Science, Social Studies, etc. Or maybe the teacher is ineffective? Is this article excelling at reading and math means you excel in all things in life? I'm sorry but this article is really vague and is difficult to follow.
Concerned Citizen February 05, 2013 at 02:57 PM
I'm sorry - I mean is this article saying that excelling at reading and math means you excel in all things.
Denise Konkol February 05, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Full disclosure: my daughter is in a private high school. No breaks. You don't do the work, it's a zero, much like in life.
Rick Petfalski February 05, 2013 at 08:27 PM
This story is being mis-reported. The board has not been given the formal proposal yet, but I do not believe anyone is saying that if you do not turn in a project you will still get 60% credit. However, I believe the discussion will cover, among other topics, how much credit should a student get for turning in an assignment late? Should the student who turns in an assignment correct, but late, get a zero like the student who does nothing at all? The main point of this discussion is to find a way to grade our students that truly tells us how they are learning the material. In some cases that will mean having tougher grading criteria, as well as giving more credit in other circumstances. As a parent, I can tell you that not all students assessments are telling us how well they are doing. Middle school grading is a good example, are you really telling me that 85% of all of our students in middle school are honor students?

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