It may not be what parents and teachers grew up with, but Valley View Superintendent James Mitchem's new 90/10 grading policy, which puts more emphasis on tests and what students can prove they know than homework and class participation, is now in your child's classroom.
The Valley View school board approved the new policy Sept. 12. At its core, the policy will place less emphasis on formative assessments and compliance, like homework or class projects, and more on the end result—summative assessments, or passing tests and proving mastery of the subject. The plan, which will only be applied to grades 6-12, also allows for test “do-overs.”
Teachers or administrators will arrange for remedial assistance for students who don’t show mastery of a subject or adequate progress toward standards.
The policy is not revolutionary.
The nation's second largest school district, the Los Angeles Unified School District, is in the process of considering a nearly identical policy.
Still, change is never met with 100 percent acceptance.
So we ask you...