CMS rolling out new grading system that allows test retakes

Aug 25, 2014 by

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is rolling out a new grading system this year that will allow students who score poorly on tests to redo assignments for a higher score.

At its heart, the new way of grading is intended to ensure that students fully grasp the concepts they are assigned, recognizing that children learn at different paces, CMS leaders say.

The system has become increasingly common as school districts grapple with how to avoid discouraging students with low scores on assignments that can threaten their overall grade in the class.

But it also can draw criticism from parents who feel students don’t receive the grades they earned.

Here’s generally how it works: If a student takes a formal test or turns in a paper that earns below an 84 – the highest “C” grade – he or she would be able to spend more time studying the topic and retake the test or redo the assignment. The highest score the student will then be able to earn on the assignment is an 84.

The plan will apply to all schools at all grade levels, but not necessarily every assignment. CMS chief academic officer Brian Schultz described the grading plan not as a policy, but as an agreement among principals and the district.

That would allow variation among schools on how exactly the plan will be implemented. For example, teachers have the option to, but are not required to, continue to offer a test until the student scores above an 84.

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    Marshall Eubanks

    If school is truly about teaching and learning this makes sense.

    If school is about rank order and categorization this makes no sense.

    The real question is what do we, as a world citizen, want to achieve?

    Seems that CMS has chosen – and I personally like their choice.

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