B+ for Paying Attention? D51 to Grade Middle School Students on Academics, Behavior

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- When District 51 middle school students go back to school this fall, they won't just be graded on their tests, projects, and homework.

The district is launching a new pilot program where students' behavior will be graded just like their academic performance (A,B,C,D,F).

Officials say the dual grading system will not only help teachers identify deeper problems a student may be facing, but will also keep parents in the loop on how they're behaving in class.

Parents will be able to monitor their students' behavior grades on Parent Bridge. They will also be shown on report cards.

The program will be introduced in all District 51 middle schools, excluding the Fruita 8/9 School, for the 2011-2012 school year. If it's a success, the district says it will likely expand to all grade levels.

Officials say behavior grades will have no impact on students' GPAs.


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  • by Ex-teacher Location: GJ on Aug 3, 2011 at 11:14 PM
    This sounds like a very subjective way of addressing behavior issues with little chance of actually improving the situation. Kids with behavior problems are frequently a product of ineffective parenting and/or poor teaching. This system could be viewed as a way of grading teachers, as well as students, since the more effective teachers keep their students engaged and consequently would be handing out fewer D's and F's in "behavior." Will the less effective teachers give out better grades in behavior in order to avoid scrutiny of their teaching ability? Good thing that this will not be a factor in calculating GPA's. Overall, I guess I would give the whole thing a "D" or maybe an "E" for effort because it really doesn't get to the underlying issues.
  • by TLC on Aug 3, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    And you really think were going to give you more money for junk like this?
  • by Parent of child on Aug 3, 2011 at 08:36 AM
    What happened to communicating with the parent via telephone, conference, etc...
  • by Behavior First on Aug 3, 2011 at 07:42 AM
    I think this is a great idea! It seems younger and younger kids want more freedom and the same "rights" as older kids or adults. It is a good start at letting kids know what will be expected of them in the workplace. So many young adults have such poor role models at home that something needs to be done to let them know "good behavior and attitude" matter. I hope it is implemented successfully.
  • by glori Location: grand junction on Aug 3, 2011 at 07:13 AM
    I think this is another form of singling a child out that can be totally harmful to the students. Do these instructors have all the correct training that they can grade a child accurately on this? I fear for my grandchildren that attend this school district. I am so glad my kids are done and I don't have to deal with it any longer. Mesa County schools in my opinion tend to categorize children either by money of the parents if the parents are active with the schools if you kiss up to the administration. If you stand up for what is right and just then you and the children are all chastised.
  • by ME Location: Fruita on Aug 3, 2011 at 07:01 AM
    I think that this plan has a potential for working out really well, but it does leave a lot of room for teachers to be bias. It also leaves room for many different sets of rules for different teachers. Some teachers might find other things disrespectful. Students do need to have the ability to talk to their teachers without the fear of being punished through their grades. All in all I think that it is a good idea, its awful how some kids behave, and there seems to be nothing there to say that this is enough.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 2, 2011 at 11:30 PM
    I think this is a good idea especially with the way children have complete disregard for authority and with cell phones in their hands they lack attention and respect I think this could help get kids to pay attention more ... Kids & parents are too Wtvr these days about everything. && no Im not a senior I'm 29.
  • by Disgusted Location: Ritterville on Aug 2, 2011 at 10:42 PM
    I am sooooooooooooooo glad my children are done with this school district. This plan is just plain stupid.
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