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New 1-2-3 grading system at Frankfort High

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Taylor Marshall, Frankfort High teacher Taylor Marshall, Frankfort High teacher

FRANKFORT, Ky (WDRB) -- If students want to make the grade at one Kentucky high school, they'll have to do it by the numbers. Frankfort High School is ditching the letter grade for a 1, 2, 3 scale called "standards-based grading."

"You're grading kids standard by standard as you go along and not waiting until the end and realizing, 'Gosh 80% of my kids didn't get,'" says Frankfort High Principal Michael Godbey.

The most noticeable difference, students receive a grade of 1 to 3 based on how well they understand the material. Level 1 – The student is beginning to understand the instruction or is not meeting. It. Level 2 – The student is regularly meeting the content standard but is inconsistent. Level 3 – The student is consistently meeting the content standards.

For teachers, classroom instruction is changing too with daily target goals kids are expected to reach. "They gives us at the beginning of each unit a learning target sheet," says Maya Burke, a sophomore. "Each day we learn one topic or one subject and then we take a test over each learning target."

English teacher Taylor Marshall admits there was some push-back from teachers used to traditional instruction. "The difference is we would come into class and there would be a discussion about "To Kill a Mockingbird." Well, now they come into class, discuss "To Kill a Mockingbird" in a specific way based on the skill set we're learning that day," says Taylor."

Student's say they love it "There's no faking it because you either know it or you don't," says Burke.

They're  to redo assignments until they understand it. "I think it's easier because there is no gray areas," says David Perry, a junior.

The Kentucky Department of Education says it doesn't have real stance on standards based grading and they don't know how many schools in the state are using this model. But KDE does support anything that helps student achievement. Godbey says the number grading will convert into a traditional GPA for school rankings and college applications.

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