Lexington One graduate questions Grading For Learning

Gavin Smith is a 2010 graduate of White Knoll High School and now attends the University Of South Carolina.

LEXINGTON (WACH) -- Gavin Smith is a 2010 graduate of White Knoll High School and now attends the University Of South Carolina.

Smith graduated near the top of his class and argues that Lexington One's new grading policy, Grading For Learning isn't preparing students for a college classroom.

"All the work is on you, you know you don't have teachers that are making you do the work, it's simply you have a deadline and you get it done, you turn it in, there's no redo's," said Smith..

Smith pointing out during his high school career tests, quizzes, labs and homework were all graded.

The USC business major says that in college none of that has changed.

"You do get credit for those things in college. I was looking at some of my syllabi and the simple fact that every single one of my syllabi says that you do get credit for it, you know 15%, 10%... doesn't matter some classes you even get credit for attendance," said Smith.

"We know that colleges will not hold their hands as much as we do, in high school we're trying to give them a taste of what it will be like that they need to take ownership for their learning," said Dr.Anne Elam.

Elam is the academic officer for innovation for Lexington One.

She says Grading For Learning is designed for students to master the new material they're learning.

She says if students don't score well on their first test, high school students get another crack at it.

This new policy has been the center of controversy.

Parents arguing for a traditional classroom pointing out not all children do well on tests.

The district taking notice making changes to the grading system, now home work and quizzes count for 15% of a student's grade.

That change is not sitting well with students.

River Bluff high students staged a sit-in on Friday protesting the change in their grading policy.

Smith sees this change as a step in the right direction, pointing out several of his college courses are graded in a similar fashion.

However he still questions how grading for learning applies to all classes offered in high school.

"Virtual enterprise that I took in high school and it was a class in which there was I think 20 students in the class and we ran a virtual business, how can assessments grade a virtual business," concludes Smith.