Uncut: Does Denton ISD's new student achievement plan make the grade?

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by JOHN McCAA

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Posted on April 25, 2014 at 6:43 PM

The Denton ISD has come up with a new plan to measure student achievement.

You've got to give them an “A” for effort, but beyond that, it raises some real questions.

It’s this week’s Uncut commentary.

News 8's Marie Saavedra explained the new plan’s goal earlier this week: To better show what students actually retain in grades 6 through 12.

  • Turn your work in late: Your grade won’t be lowered, as long as it’s eventually completed.
  • No more zeros for missing work: Just an "incomplete," with the expectation it will be completed.
  • And if the student asks for assistance, they can retake tests throughout the year with the highest grade going into the record.

Students deserve more than just a number, a board member told us.

They do, but they also deserve to know the consequences for missing deadlines.

Imagine being given a chore by your parents and not completing it. Walking into your boss’ office having missed an important project cut-off date. Would there be no consequences? Would you have a job on Monday?

And what about the students who do follow the rules? What’s their reward?

I like the fact Denton is thinking about new ways to motivate students, but not preparing them to successfully meet deadlines may not be one of them.

Those are my thoughts, send me yours at jmccaa@wfaa.com.

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