It looks like there's support for at least partially returning to letter grades on report cards in Wake County elementary schools
The school board's student achievement committee voted today in favor of a section of this draft grading R&P calling for letter grades to be used on report cards in third-, fourth- and fifth-grades. The committee also told staff to use a 10-point grading scale for those grades with an A being 90 to 100, a B being to 80 and 89 and so on.
That's different from the seven-point grading scale used in middle school and high school. The committee discussed moving to a 10-point scale in middle school. They have to leave the seven-point scale in place for high school because that's mandated under state law.
An A in elementary school would mean the same wording as the 3* grade but with the word mastery replacing proficiency. A B grade would be the Level 3 wording. With some wording changes, a C would be a Level 2 and a D would be Level I. They'd come up with new wording for an F.
Board members said families and even some elementary school teachers don't fully understand the 1-4 system that's been used countywide since 2004. For instance, Ruth Steidinger, senior director for middle school programs, conceded that the district could have done a better job of conveying when a 4 should be given to a student.
School board member Deborah Prickett has been pushing for the return to letter grades since she was elected in 2009.
The committee discussed but didn't take action on the rest of the R&P or the policy. I'll get into that more tomorrow.