DENTON (CBS 11 News) – It’s less than a semester into the Denton Independent School District’s new grading policy and some parents are giving it an “F”.
However, district officials told the school board Tuesday night most students say it’s working.
“They appreciate the opportunity, if they don’t learn something the first time, to give extra effort if necessary and to keep learning,” said district executive David Hicks.
Wanting grades to better reflect what students know and not how they behave, the district made a dramatic change this year in the way students are graded.
Teachers stopped giving points for homework and quizzes and now allows students to retakes tests again and again.
“It’s actually been very hard for him and stressful,” said Lori Traylor about her straight “A” 12th grader. Traylor like other parents say the new grading policy punishes students who struggle at test taking and devalues work-ethic.
The district announced Tuesday minor modifications would be made to the grading policy. Those include better feedback to students and improved communication with parents.
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