Colorado school eliminates grades

March 12, 2008 9:14:56 AM PDT
Officials in suburban Denver, Colorado, are planning to do away with grades for in the coming school year, but that doesn't mean students don't have to work hard.

The Adams 50 School Board says it will stop issuing traditional grades in favor of a system that lets students progress at their own pace.

There will be no grade levels. When a student masters a skill, he or she moves to the next level. Ten levels must be mastered to graduate.

Administrators know there will be concerns about college admissions, but they believe this system will be an advantage. Some students say they are looking forward to the change.

"It's kind of easy because we were getting taught things that I already knew. Now we're getting taught things that are new," said Hazel Sanchez, student.

"We will probably have to with our transcripts put an explanation of the system they are working under," said Dr. Cooper Stoll, Adams School District 50.

This will be the first school district in Colorado to implement this grading system. The changes in kindergarten through 8th grade will begin in 2009, followed by the high schools in 2010.