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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