|Published:||Apr 27, 2010 3:44 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 27, 2010 3:44 AM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Students and parents say the Collier School District kept them in the dark about a new grading system, and now it's putting some college scholarships in jeopardy.
Last year kids were given one grade at the end of the school year for all their work. If they didn't do so well in one semester they could make up for it the next semester.
Under the new plan, which took effect this current school year, students get a grade each semester. A fine plan students say, if they were made aware of the changes ahead of time.
Haris Domonde is one of those students. He's currently at the top of his class as a junior at Naples High School.
"The thing is we didn't know until after the second semester started, so the first semester was already in the books," Domonde tells me.
Martha Hayes with the Collier School District says she will be the first to say that the changes didn't get down to the students. Hayes says notice of the change was sent to guidance counselors and principles last year, but she thinks the information may not have been clear.
"I don't know that it was as much of a communications breakdown, as it was an understanding breakdown," Hayes explains.
However, many parents at Monday's education meeting say letters were never sent home and now student's scholarships and college plans may be in jeopardy.
"The GPAs have a lot to do with your scholarships and colleges."
The committee plans to go over the grading system again and may decide to change it back just for this current school year.
Hayes says she wants parents to be aware that due to Senate Bill 4, the grading system will change every year.