Lexington, SC (WLTX) - A new grading guideline in Lexington District One is upsetting a lot of parents and some lawmakers.
Tuesday at a legislative forum parents talked with lawmakers about several issues, including the new system that's called "Grading for Learning."
"Grading For Learning sounds great in theory, however now that it has been put into practice we are seeing that it is not working for our kids," said Robin George.
The new grading system is being used throughout all middle and high schools in Lexington District One.
According to the district, lesson plans are split into 2 categories. Tests, research papers and presentations are factored into grades, with the opportunity for re-takes.
But there are also informal observations like quizzes, homework and practice assignments, but they do not calculate into a final grade and that doesn't sit well with parents like Janet Frazier.
"My son is 15-years-old and if you tell him that certain things do not count then there is no incentive to do the work," said Frazier.
Frazier says the new system should have been implemented one grade at a time versus all at once.
"They are looking at the bottom line, his maturity level is not to the point where he can se beyond that this needs to be done to get to the result."
Lexington Senator Katrina Shealy has been in contact with the school district since parents told her about the problem.
"I have heard so many people that say they don't like it and I don't see where it is good for the children and the district but if it is someone needs to come and explain it to me better because I have talked to teachers, parents and students," said Shealy.
Shealy says that teachers and students feel pressured because their finial grade is only being determined by part of what they are doing in the classroom.
"If it is going to be implemented it needed to be over a longer period of time and with more explanation and that's the biggest part of the problem."