Board Continues Study of Grading Practices

On Monday, Feb. 15, the West Des Moines Community Board of Education held the first of two workshops to examine the district’s current grading practices and determine if a new approach is needed.

“The goal is to know if the Board is interested in moving forward with changing our current grading practices,” said Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy. The district’s strategic plan includes researching effective methods.

Book CoverBoard members are reading “Rethinking Grading” by Dr. Cathy Vatterott, which examines traditional grading practices and presents effective methods for standards-based learning and assessment.

Several metro-area districts have changed how teachers assess students, adopting practices that require students to meet specific academic standards and exclude factors like class participation.

The school board will meet again at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 29 to continue its research and discussion.