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Why Some Schools Are Throwing Out The Old Grading System

Some Minnesota school districts have found that student scores on state standardized tests were not matching grades earned for classroom work, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. To correct the problem, districts are switching to standards-based grading which ties student performance to what they are expected to know. Under the new system, students are allowed […]

Lawmaker Proposes Grading Florida’s Parents

Florida law requires grades for students, teachers, schools and districts. So why not parents as well? Rep. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, has introduced a bill — HB 543 — to do just that. Fort Myers News-Press columnist Sam Cook thinks the proposed grades are a bad idea and unlikely to improve the relationship between teachers, parents […]

Huntsman Earns Top Grade on Education Among 2012 Field

Jon Huntsman earns the highest grade — a B- — among the 2012 Republican presidential field, according to grades issued by Time magazine education columnist and blogger Andrew J. Rotherham. As governor of Utah, Huntsman raised teacher salaries, extended kindergarten and signed a statewide private school voucher law. Rotherham also sums up Huntsman’s differences from […]

Buying Supplies Equals Better Grades At Cash-Strapped Florida School

With budgets for classroom supplies shrinking, some teachers in a South Florida school are promising students an irresistible incentive if they help stock the classroom: better grades. “The teacher was like, ‘Okay, I’m running out of paper towels and I don’t know how you’re going to dry your hands after you clean them,” said South […]

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