Lexington 1 delays some report cards amid grading controversy

tflach@thestate.comOctober 25, 2013 

— Report cards for many Lexington 1 students are being delayed two days for unspecified “adjustments,” officials said Friday.

The step comes after school board members urged “a good look” at a new grading approach that has drawn protests from many parents, school spokeswoman Mary Beth Hill said.

Parents complained the new method is producing lower marks and encouraging scholastic laziness.

All seven middle schools and many classes at the five high schools – about half of the 23,000 enrollment overall – started using the new grading approach this fall after a two-year test.

Report cards for those students will be available Wednesday instead of Monday, according to a telephone message sent to parents late Friday afternoon.

The delay comes after school officials consulted with teachers, parents and students about changing the new method, something Hill said has been under way for several weeks.

In the new plan, students may retake tests multiple times to determine grades but are not given credit for other things such as homework and class participation as has traditionally been the case.

Supporters said the new approach helps students master material better and prepares them for careers in an increasingly digital age.

But parents are upset at what they said is stress and anxiety as well as lower grades for their children.

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