LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Students from the Clark County School District (CCSD) will return to class on Monday. While many families hope to regain some semblance of normalcy with in-person classes, there will be some changes, especially in grades.
“This class change completely eliminates the behaviors,” Tam Lester, teacher at Del Sol Academy, told 8 News Now. “And this, no doubt, to the detriment of the student.”
He is preparing to use the new filing guidelines.
“There are a lot of mixed thoughts,” Lester shared.
The new district scale sets the lowest score at 50%. Behaviors, such as attendance, participation, and late or missing homework, will not influence a grade.
Kicking off back to school, Superintendent Dr Jesus Jara explained that this would create equity throughout the district by ensuring that grades reflect knowledge rather than non-academic factors.
“Whether you are in Moapa, Laughlin, or the heart of Las Vegas, all the kids will have the opportunity to protest,” said the superintendent.
However, Lester says this new policy takes away the tools that entice students to teachers and doesn’t instill accountability.
“What they’re going to need are learner ready behaviors,” he said, “things like focus, things like participation, things like time management. Some of these policies take them away. ”
The new guidelines were approved in early July. The CCSD is currently training teachers on how to use the new grading scale before the school year.
“It won’t happen overnight,” said Linda Cavazos, chair of the Clark County School board of directors. “It will be something that students, parents and staff will become acclimatized to. ”
Lester worries that this may be too big a change too soon.
“I know the district wants to focus on intrinsic motivation, and that’s beautiful, but I think we need training with that as well,” he said. “For the past, the history of education has focused on classroom management, not classroom motivation.”
Cavazos says eight schools are currently using the new grading model and have had success. In the coming years, students will also be able to revise their work.