It's not your typical "c is average" report card anymore in Rock Island/Milan. A new method for grading is now in place.
School leaders say when students look down and see an "f" it's only discouraging them, and sometimes it doesn't accurately reflect how much they really know.
Sophia Sigler is in 4th grade, and her favorite subject: math
But now Sophia's mom will be able to know exactly what aspects of math she really understands. Sophia will get a number 1-4 on each topic her class covers.
"I think the numbers are a more actuate description of how they're doing, so it gives me more feedback early on before I get into high school where there are grades."
But more than the numbers verses letters, students grades will reflect their actual knowledge of the subject and nothing else.
"A student may vary well have a high knowledge of math, and are not doing their homework, and we want to separate that out." says Dr. Kathy Taylor with Rock Island Milan.
Sophia likes that homework isn't counted against students, because she says sometimes people just forget, or things come up.
"Some kids don't have enough time to do their homework so it's better that they can make up for it."
But school psychologist, Kristin Sanders says taking the grades out of homework could really hinder the students.
"Homework is supposed to be review and practice and unfortunately, a lot of kids do not do that unless their parents make them do it, or there is another reason for them to do it, and unfortunately for some kids that is a grade."
School officials say students will still have assignments.
"It's absolutely still important, it's practice."
Kelly Sigler says she knows if Sophia is doing her homework. She doesn't need a grade to tell her that.
"I'm a mom that's on top of what my kid is doing and on top of their education, I know if they're turning in their homework or not."
School leaders say all the teachers will be evaluating students differently, it could be through personal conversations or through typical tests.
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