BETHALTO, Ill. (KMOX) – Instead of the familiar letter grades on their report cards, grade school students in Bethalto, Illinois will soon be assigned numbers.

Bethalto School District Technology spokesman Justin Newell says students will receive either a one, two, or three to indicate progress in a given subject.

“The three, that child is on track for mastery; a two means teacher guidance is necessary; a one means further intervention needed,” he explained.

The district believes the new system better defines a student’s progress than a letter grade, which Newell says has no real guidance value.

“With these performance-based report cards, we feel like we can give the parent more information about how their child is actually performing,” he said.

Bethalto School Board members unanimously approved the changes at a meeting Monday.


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