Posted by: Cobb County Liberal | May 13, 2009

3-2-1 [contact!] is a PBS show, not a valid grading system

3-2-1 contact!

And it’s also how Cobb grades 1st, 2nd, and now maybe 3rd graders.  The Cobb County Board of Education has devolved into Bored with Education.  They’ve made such stellar suggestions in the past like the evolution stickers in biology textbooks.  Now they are all about the 3-2-1 grading system.

3 means meets standards, 2 means making progress towards standards, 1 means no progress towards standards.

What the hell?

Now, here’s a peal of wisdom from Cobb Board member David Morgan, via Marietta Daily Journal

“You know, I’m a fan of specificity,” Morgan said.

“And I think that the more specific we can hone in on kids’ progress or lack thereof, the more pertinent information we can give parents. And I think that if we can create a way for parents to have specific information about where their kid is … then I’m a big fan of that.”

So moving from a grading scale with 5 choices down to 3 choices somehow makes it more specific?  Why is this moron on our Board of Education?  I assume he’s talking about it’s clearer what a 3 means than an A (despite all common sense to the contrary.)

Yes, there is grade inflation in schools (*How* may kids are Above Average?) and there may be no set standards for what constitutes an A, B, etc. but the solution isn’t found in changing systems entirely to something that parents just don’t understand.

Parents are overwhelmingly against this.  The Board cares not.  Parents are also upset over homework – Homework apparently isn’t factored into the final grade (which is so going to haunt these kids in high school) and the grades written on homework aren’t a percentage, but 3-2-1.  So the student could be meeting expectations on homework, but we have no idea what percentage correct means meeting expectations.

The Cobb County Board of Education isn’t listening to the parents, who hate it.  That ain’t going to go over well in Cobb come election time.

Cobb, pick your battles.  Why is the board placing its energy into something that’s just plain worthless.  How is this going to help our students learn?  It’s not.  Can we please put our energy into improving schools, improving students, and improving teachers, instead of lateral moves that in the end, won’t even make a ripple?



  1. I would think that the person heading up the Board of Education would at least know the definition of the word “specific.” Go figure.

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