A law passed in 2011 takes effect this school year and it’s changing the way Oregon students will be graded from here on out. The law requires districts to measure students’ performance based on state standards and to assign grades based on whether students are meeting, exceeding or falling short of those standards. The law says that grades must clearly distinguish between academic proficiency and behavior.
The law does not specifically define “behavior.” Many districts are interpreting it to include things like attendance, class participation and whether or not students turn in their homework on time. For districts like Forest Grove, this lines up with the way they’ve been grading students for years. But for other districts, such as Reynolds, it feels like a huge cultural shift.
Are you a student, teacher or parent in an Oregon school district? How have these changes affected you?