The Quincy School District Board voted to move forward with an “A/I” grading system for the remainder of the school year during a special meeting on May 7.
The board voted 4-1 in favor of the “A/I” system over a “A-D and I” system. Board member Jack Foglesong was the only member to vote in favor of the latter.
The “A/I” system allows for teachers to access a student’s proficiency, and their performance and engagement by assigning an “A” or “I” grade. Students deemed proficient or ready for success at the next course level will receive an “A” letter grade; those who are not will receive an “I” letter grade, meaning “incomplete,” according to a presentation at the April 28 board meeting.
One advocate for the “A/I” system, Board Member Liliana Garcia, argued that many students in the district are limited. Some students live in homes with many family members, which can be a huge distraction for learning from home. Garcia also pointed out language and literacy barriers that some students face.
“Our students have gone through a lot and I think they’ve had enough with the loss of their normal life,” Garcia said. “I think an A/I (system) would put less pressure on the students.”
Students who receive an “A” earn credit for the course, while those who get an “I” receive no credit, but the grade is not reflected in the grade point average. For students who receive an incomplete grade, they can complete the course through summer school, courses in the following term, independent study, competency based courses, or online courses.
The other grading option the board considered was a “A-D and I” system. This system is mostly the same as a regular letter grading system that includes A through F, with the only difference that instead of earning an “F” grade, a student would receive an “I.”
Following the vote, the next step for the district was for administrators to draft a procedure for review in the May 12 school board meeting.