Photo by the Associated Press
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- There's a big grading change on the way for some First Coast students.
When students in kindergarten, and first and second grade return to Clay County Public Schools on Tuesday, they'll no longer be graded on a A-to-F scale.
Our news partners at the Florida Times-Union report the school system is ditching the letter grading scheme and replacing it with a standards-based system that would divide students into three tiers -- M, P and I.
School officials say it's designed to more accurately gauge students' understanding and mastery of the curriculum.
According to the new system, "M" means a student has Mastered the standards -- consistently and independently.
While "P" means a student is Progressing -- making expected progress toward mastering the standards.
"I" is reserved for students who have made Insufficient progress -- needing more time to master the standards.
When it comes to individual concepts, students will be given a slash symbol to show they're progressing.
But an "X" symbol means they're not progressing and applying themselves to the subject.