State Education Board to Consider Conduct Grades

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina Board of Education member says students' report cards should include conduct grades.

Currently, districts can choose to grade students' conduct. It's unclear how many do.

Attorney Larry Kobrovsky proposed Wednesday requiring students to receive a letter grade for their effort, punctuality and neatness. The former Charleston County School Board member says such skills are necessary for students' success in life, and the only way to stress expectations of personal responsibility is to put a grade on it.

Chairwoman-elect Traci Young Cooper is adamantly opposed. The former state teacher of the year says report cards include a place for teachers to provide parents information on students' conduct. She says students' classroom grades already reflect their personal character skills.

The subcommittee postponed further discussion until next month's meeting.


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