CONYERS --Rockdale County Public Schools is expected to complete its initial implementation of standards-based report cards when they are introduced at the high school level next school year.
The report card system began in kindergarten through second grades in 2009, third- through fifth-grades in 2010 and all middle school grades in 2011.
"To do this all at once would cause implosion," said Rich Autry, chief academic officer in the Office of Teaching and Learning at Rockdale County Public Schools. "We chose to tackle it strategically and incrementally."
Like at the middle school level, high school students will continue to receive a numeric grade on a 100-point scale in each subject or course, as not to interfere with postsecondary and scholarship grading systems around the nation. An A will continue to equal 90 to 100, a B 80 to 89, a C 75 to 79, a D 70 to 74 and an F below 70.
They will receive an overall course grade, as well as a grade in multiple subcategories and topics for each subject.
This is unlike the report cards for kindergarten through fifth grades in which they score students from a level 1 to 4, instead of an A through F.
However, high schoolers will be graded on a four-point scale in learner behaviors and work habits in addition to the numerical grades.
They will earn a 1 to 4 for conduct and behavior, homework, timeliness and work habits. A 1 would mean that minimal or no progress is being made toward the achievement of the expectations, a 2 means that a student is progressing toward expectations, a 3 means that the student meets expectations and a 4 means that a student is exemplary.
Teachers will use a common rubric to score students.
"It's much more specific, much more detailed," Autry said, adding that he hopes it will give parents, teachers and students more information on strengths and weaknesses.
Autry said teachers have been trained on the new report cards, and parents have received information and will receive more information as needed.
RCPS is moving towards a new report card system because the state eventually will require it under its new Georgia Performance Standards curriculum, system officials have said.
Although all grades will be outfitted with the new report cards, they are likely to evolve over the years.
"They will continue to be updated and changed," Autry said. "We'll continue to refine them and get better."
Eventually, RCPS hopes to have an electronic grading system, he said.