Arundel school board set to OK grade policy plan

Regional

April 03, 2002|By Stephen Kiehl | Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF

For the third time in four months, the Anne Arundel school board will take up a plan today to overhaul the grading system used in 117 county schools.

And this time, board members said, they're ready to approve it.

The plan spells out how much homework teachers are to assign, how valedictorians are to be selected and how much weight to give final exams in high school. On that point, the plan calls for semester and final exams to count for 20 percent of a final course grade.

Students and teachers had lobbied for the 20 percent weight after a school system committee initially proposed that exams count for 30 percent.

The school board was poised to approve the grading proposal in January. But two board members blocked approval, saying they agreed with the substance of the plan but objected to its presentation.

The details of the proposal were spelled out in 19 pages of administrative regulations, which are under the superintendent's control. The policy part of the plan - which would fall under the board's control - was a half-page long.

"The policy should have teeth in it, and it didn't," said board member Paul Rudolph, who voted against the plan in January but now supports it because many details were moved into the policy language.

If approved, the plan would take effect in the fall.

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