Pinellas fundamental schools to tweak grading system
Fundamental schools in Pinellas County will switch up how they grade some of their youngest students this fall.
While traditional schools don't give their students letter grades until the third grade, fundamentals have given A's through F's to students beginning in the first grade.
Bill Lawrence, director of student demographics, assignment and school capacity, said that fundamental schools' leaders approached him about starting letter grades in the second grade. He told them that if any changes were going to be made, shouldn't they just align with the rest of the district?
And so starting this fall, fundamental schools won't give out letter grades until the third grade.
There are 12 fundamental schools in Pinellas County, of which six are elementaries: Bay Vista, Curtis, Lakeview, Madeira Beach, Pasadena, and Tarpon Springs.
For the unitiated, here's how Pinellas defines a fundamental school:
A fundamental program is a family-oriented school whose structured environment, updated :back to basics” approach and joint parent-teacher-student commitment provide quality education for all students in a safe environment. Important features include a focus on student self-responsibility and discipline, daily homework, a dress code which exceeds that of the school district and required attendance at conferences and monthly parent meetings.