I've heard a lot of complaining from students at Jeff about the new grading structure.
This snippet from the GCCS website:
The last change is that student work will be classified as either an assessment or an assignment.Assessments are quizzes, tests, papers, projects, labs and will account for 70% of a student’s grade. Assignments will be homework or in-class work and will account for 30% of a student’s grade.
It's my understanding that some of the top students of the class of 2016 are facing having lower grades than ever in their high school careers due to this new policy. This seems like a step backward to me. It was learned long ago that not all students learn the same and not all students test well, that a student can know and understand the material and still not do well on an exam.
I feel this should be up to the teachers. Some classes are taught in a more open class way so that student participation should be a larger part of the students grade than a class that is mostly lecture or book work. I feel that a student who does poorly on a test should be able to make up part of that grade with extra credit of some sort and this 70% rule does not allow that.
Teachers are still teaching and testing as they did before the change. One poor test score from a teacher who does not test frequently or offer projects or other type work and a student can have a bad grade with no hope of bringing it up.
It's my understanding that most of the AP and Honors teachers at Jeff dislike this grading method.