Advice for parents of school-age children
Classes begin Tuesday in the Janesville School District. As The Gazette reported Monday, grades no longer will be A, B, C, D or F. Instead, 4 will be the top grade and 1 the lowest.
In his story, education reporter Frank Schultz explained, for example, that third-grade teachers will make 72 judgments about each student. One of eight categories in English states: “knows and applies grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.”
Some teachers have complained that the new grading system is just one more educational fad. The grading categories, however, come from standards the state has enacted for annual tests. If Janesville uses them faithfully, district officials believe they will help improve learning and resulting test scores.
What’s not to like about that?
Readers, many or most of you have been there. You helped guide your own children or even grandchildren through school. If not, you likely are a recent product of a school system.
What advice would you give to parents to help their children succeed in school?
In our editorial Thursday, we’ll offer perspective on how parents can get educated about the new grading system and offer our suggestions for how they can help their children succeed.