Jodi Eck hopes a new grading system using numbers will give her a closer look inside her son and daughter's classrooms.
"I think it may give us a bit more insight into what they are learning and what they're not learning," Eck said.
This year, rather than giving your elementary student an A, B, C, D or F, Sioux Falls teachers are using 4, 3, 2, 1 - with four being the highest grade. You will notice a difference if your child is in third through fifth grade. Kindergarten through second graders will also use this system, though they have previously used a similar grading method.
"It gives them a lot better picture than just saying they got a B in math. It divides it out and makes it more specific," Sue McAdaragh, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator, said.
Here is how it works. Teachers will write down several numbers for each subject. For example, in math, your child may have a four in addition, meaning he or she is doing really well in that aspect of the subject. On the same report card, your child may also have a one in subtraction, meaning he or she needs to work on that.
"Really what grading is, is knowing the child. Knowing their strengths, knowing where they're not there yet and helping them get as far as they can," McAdaragh said.
Eck hopes this grading method will make her job as a parent easier.
"And really show me what my son is doing better and what my daughter is not doing better and we can work on those at home," Eck said.