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Calgary eliminates letter grades for students up to grade nine in an attempt to save children from failureThe Calgary Board of Education is moving to save children from failure. Under a proposed new marking scheme, the board is to relabel such students as “support required.” If they improve, their skills will be upgraded to “emerging.’’The Calgary board is doing away with letter-grade assessments for children between Kindergarten and Grade 9, and is also eliminating personalized comments. On a draft of the new report card protocol, traditional letter grades and percentages have been replaced with a four-point system: “exemplary,” “evident,” “emerging” or, “support required.”School official hope the assessments will offer additional precision, but critics don’t buy it. ‘‘I’m still searching for the benefit to the children,’’ argues Peter Cowley, director of school performance studies at the Fraser Institute. He said phrases like “evident” or “emerging” don’t seem to give parents any clearer understanding than a letter grade. (Illustration by Mike Faille/National Post)

Calgary eliminates letter grades for students up to grade nine in an attempt to save children from failure
The Calgary Board of Education is moving to save children from failure. Under a proposed new marking scheme, the board is to relabel such students as “support required.” If they improve, their skills will be upgraded to “emerging.’’

The Calgary board is doing away with letter-grade assessments for children between Kindergarten and Grade 9, and is also eliminating personalized comments. On a draft of the new report card protocol, traditional letter grades and percentages have been replaced with a four-point system: “exemplary,” “evident,” “emerging” or, “support required.”

School official hope the assessments will offer additional precision, but critics don’t buy it. ‘‘I’m still searching for the benefit to the children,’’ argues Peter Cowley, director of school performance studies at the Fraser Institute. He said phrases like “evident” or “emerging” don’t seem to give parents any clearer understanding than a letter grade. (Illustration by Mike Faille/National Post)

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    IM IN CALGARY ANd i lOVE THIS SYSTEM LIKE WOAH ITS NOT JUSY ABOOUT GRADES FOR TEACHERS ANYMORE ITS FOR IMPROVEMENT AND...
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    Here’s the thing. Letter grades, and grades in general, are completely arbitrary and either a) up to the teacher’s...
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    Oh my god stop. Children need to fail. If they can’t fail and see its bad they won’t try to have success because it’s...
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    Kids are pretty smart. They’ll figure out which word is “best” and those who have “support needed” will know they’re on...
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    Well, this idea is certainly deserving of an “F” grade.
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    This is part of the reason people are becoming weaker in character and willpower and not learning basic life lessons....
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