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Windsor Locks school system eliminates letter grades

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The days of the letter grades such as A, B, C, D and F are over for some Connecticut students and it's part of a new grading system for students in Windsor Locks.

For younger students in Windsor Locks school system, it was already tried out last year in sixth grade and has been expanded to fifth and seventh grades.

Eventually all students will see the new grading system and parents told Eyewitness News they don't seem to mind.

The Windsor Locks Public School system was once labeled one of the 30 lowest performing schools in Connecticut, but not anymore.

A new grading standard for most students is helping them get off that list.

"Instead of just saying this is your final grade and we're moving on," said Superintendent of Windsor Locks Dr. Susie Bell.

Students in kindergarten through seventh grade won't be getting letter grades as in A, B, C, D and F.

Instead, students will be marked with one of the following grades:

  • ES, which means exceeding standards
  • MS, which means meeting standards
  • PS, which means progressing toward standards
  • LP, which means for limited progress

The students will also get feedback on their work habits.

"This is a K to 12 journey," Bell said. "We are on to transform our system so all students reach that college level skills."

There are about 25 school districts in Connecticut which have adapted or are in the process of adapting this style of grading.

For Windsor Locks, next year eighth graders will have this grading style and then the year after ninth graders. The process will continue until everyone is on board by 2020.

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