SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Long before students returned to school in Shelby County their teachers were learning about a new grading program for all county high schools.
To help understand the system, teachers are thinking in terms of gold, silver and bronze.
Big tests, research papers and essays are gold, averaging 60 percent of a student's grade. "Silver" assignments encompass things like quizzes and homework and account for 30 percent of a grade. And those "bronze" assignments, like practice work, cover the remaining 10 percent.
Chelsea High School has been using this 60-30-10 split for about six years. In the past, schools may have been on a 40-40-10-10 or 35-55-10.
"I like it better because I feel that tests need to be more important than copying out of the text book .,. if you had a 50 point quiz and you gave a 50 point vocabulary assignment, they were having the same impact on a students grade," Trucks said.
But at the end of a day, an A is an A on a student's report card.