Regina schools get rid of letter grades, honour roll

Would removing grading help in a child’s education?

Global News

REGINA – Beginning next year, three Catholic elementary schools will eliminate letter grades and the honour roll for student in grades 6 to 8.

“It shifts the emphasis in teaching and learning away from competition to personal improvement,” said Patrick Lewis, a University of Regina early childhood education professor.

Students can keep working and learning even after the end of unit test. The new approach is called “outcomes-based reporting” and research suggests students actually have better success. Of course there is one major challenge.

“It takes a lot of work. It takes a lot of time on the part of the teacher and on the part of the student,” said Lewis.

The school board declined a request for an interview by Global News. In a statement they said, “For a number of years, the Regina Catholic School Division has been using this type of reporting in grades 1-5. The levels of achievement…

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