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I can't stand it.
I thought it was moving up with the kids but didn't know when it stopped. It makes sense they have to stop it in middle school since you have to have a 2.0 GPA in middle school to advance to the next grade. I really wish they didn't do it at all. I agree X and / is meaningless and why can't "mastery" be shown as a percentage? Supporters say it better correlated with the Sunshine State Standards, but I still don't see why letter grades can be given for each of the areas within the standards.
When you go to the section of the Polk County Public Schools' website discussing SBAR this is what they say about, why Polk Schools have adapted this grading type.
Why do we need to change?
The world is changing and so is education. The No Child Left Behind act (NCLB) as well as the Florida Department of Education have set learning targets or goals that all children must meet. These targets are the Sunshine State Standards. The SBAR reports your child’s progress on these same standards.
To me, this seems a silly/vague/surface reason (excuse) to be on this type of reporting. You can still test, evaluate, and report the same skills (standards) in a percentage based grading format.
Okay, off my soap box. I've been meaning to chat about this topic but knew I would post in this way. Thanks, MandyJay for bringing the topic up.
And what is this really teaching our children - who I've chalked up to currently having no respect for themselves or others, walk over their parents because the government has made it so easy to do so, they get everything they want - when they want it- without having to work for it, take no responsibility for their actions (since the parents get blamed, even when its out of their control) --- so we're going to further sugarcoat their learning process and let them take less responsibility for their actions.
What is this world coming too??!!!!!