May 3rd, 2011
06:36 PM ET

A School without Grade Levels

An elementary school in Colorado is trying something unique:  going without grade levels.  This means it doesn't have third or fourth graders; it just has students grouped by the things they've learned, regardless of their age.  And the theory is that they're allowed to learn at the pace that best suits them.

Does it work?  Hard to say:  Half the schools that have tried this nationwide have been unable to stick with it.  So far, it hasn't helped the Colorado school's test scores, but it has dramatically reduced discipline problems.

Our question to you is this:  Do you think that going without grade levels in middle and high school would work?  (You'd still get graded on assignments - you'd just stop being an 8th grader or a junior, for example.)

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. S

    I think the idea has some merit. Some kids do learn faster then others so it would be wise to group kids where they belong. The only thing im worried about would be the self-esteem of the students doing this. What if there was an 8th grader grouped with kids younger then him/her, how would that make them feel? Knowing that they werent smart enough? Like it says it hasn't helped the Colorado school's test scores, but has dramatically reduced discipline problems. So there theroy of allowing them to learn at the pace that best suits them is not working..

    May 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  2. Shari

    I think that academically speaking, it's a great idea- students can work at their own pace and advance as quickly or as slowly as they want or need and perhaps can have the option of taking a lot of advanced classes, APs, and remedial classes, if desired.
    The downside is losing class dynamics, and being part of a cohesive group. In my private school, the students in each grade identify with each other, and identify as a grade, and I think that that's a great thing.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  3. Mostafa

    I do not agree with this idea, because if you are low in the things you've learned, it will be difficult to catch up with the others, maybe if you hadn't learn something yet, you should get after school help so your right on track with everyone else.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  4. Harley

    I think the idea of it is great: that students would be put into the classes that they need to be in, not the classes that their grade level requires.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  5. Mickey

    I'm kind of on the fence. It's an interesting concept. Although, let's say a kid is 17 years old. Would he get stuck with a 10 year old in the same class? I think some kids would still have some issues discipline-wise. But, it is nifty in the sense that kids are judged based on their own unique level and not what they're "supposed" to be at. However, with a set standard, kids have goals. But who knows. Maybe it'll work.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  6. Cynthia

    I think it can reduce disciplinary problems, but I don't think it works. Some kid's minds are designed to work with more challenging things than others. Putting them with younger students is not going to challenge them at all.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  7. Owen

    I think this is a good idea because some kids are slower at learning and other kids get things more easily so when the test comes the kids who are slower at learning don't do that good and the other kids pass the test easliy

    May 3, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
  8. Paris

    I think that is a good idea cause if there's a kid who's not good at reading
    mixed with students that read at a 7th grade level, I believe that those students should be separated. then it will be more difficult for the teachers.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  9. Krista

    I think that the new level change is better because the children actually can fit in, and say that they know what they are doing. Also, children would be more motivated to pass a level, because in games, you have to beat a level to win, and in this case, win education.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  10. Eric

    I don't think that is bad at all! If their academics show that they belong in that group, it's perfectly fine. Maybe the older students in that group can be of some assistance to the younger students.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
  11. Joshy

    I think It is good that there is no grade levels. Then all the kids can be challenged and not have to wait for the teacher to teach the other kids what you already know

    May 3, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  12. Julia

    This is certainly a unique approach! I think it could work. Also, it would be nice because at my school there are some classes that are only offered to certain grade levels and without grade levels, anyone who wants to take the class could. Not that much would really change: you just have a wide variety of people in your classes. And if it helps lower discipline problems, then sure, why not try it!

    May 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  13. Krista

    I don't think that this program would work in high school because by the time students graduated from elementary school, they would already know all of the required information to join high school. If children did not understand the topic, they could always confront the teacher for a better explanation or just ask questions during class.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  14. Matt

    One thing I struggle with is being in an easy class but having no harder alternative to the class. Having no grade levels sounds like a great idea but it may be harder to carry out than they make it sound. For example, in our school 7th grade studies civics and economics but 8th grade studies world history. Then how could they do it?

    May 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  15. Jose

    I think more and more we are finding that people want to have things customized to their needs and this is in the business world. So why not in the education sector as well? Of course because of the public education system in America which is very bad, this kind of good idea will probably fail. I think that this is great for all students since it makes sure that students grow at their own pace. Lots of times students are promoted even though they are not ready for it. We need to come up with solutions that make our kids smarter and teach kids that they have to compete for the jobs of the future with not only students within their own community but around the world. Americas education system is not number 1 but it sure should be.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  16. Harley

    But the students may not be pushed as hard to go to the next level, and it would be confuzing as to who would be ready to graduate and what classes are needed... it makes student progress harder to track, and compare to students of the same age and-suppossedly- the same level.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
  17. Chris

    I don't think the levels will work. Some Kids have a higher learning level. If they are seperated from their grade level they will lose their friends, and having to go through the process of meeting new people again

    May 3, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  18. Maddie

    I think that if we (Studients) don't have grade levels, then some students wont be able to understand what the teachers are trying to teach. With everyone in their own grade level teachers can specialize knowledge for these individuals.

    May 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
  19. Joshua

    i say no because if there is no grade levels how do you know what school to go to?

    May 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  20. Nick

    Students should be able to stay in the class with there same age group, not with older students

    May 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
  21. Phillip

    Grade levels are important for providing structure in the lives of students. By grouping students based on their ages, this creates a lifelong network of friends that students may share. By eliminating the grading system, students may find themselves struggling to keep up in school and will see their friends moving on while they have to keep making new ones each year.

    May 3, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  22. Olivia

    I think this is a good idea if it works. With this system kids who kinda know the material get the help they need rather than them not getting help because everyone else does know the material.

    May 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  23. Olivia

    I think this is a fantastic idea. Teachers are hired to teach kids, and it's much easier now since all of the kids in a teacher's classroom are at the same academic level.

    May 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  24. Emmi

    I think that this is a really good idea. At my school, everyone is mashed up into classes together and some kids are ahead, while others have no clue whats going on! This system could help students at every level instead of a select few.

    May 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  25. John

    No, I dont believe they would work. There is a reason why grades are made the way they are. Grades are used to help separate people so they can learn at a pace that is acceptable for their age. With out grades students may fall behind if they are not ready to take a class.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  26. Lisa

    I am sure that if the student lives in that district throught out their school age years this system would be very successful. Unfortunately for the student whose family relocates to other cities or districts I feel their education is already at jepordy. This student is typically at disadvantage because of poverty or other environmental issues will probably not succeed in this system.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  27. Lauren

    I think the idea seems reasonable for younger kids in elementary school, but beyond that grades should be matched by maturity/age. In high school, grade level makes the experience what it is today.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  28. Will

    I am a student in Colorado and am happy with the grade system. High school is based off of independency. I can choose between AP, honors, and college readiness classes. It's great that discipline issues have gone down but we might run into a lack of discipline in students who need it or in the next generation because people won't have it now. Stick with the grade system. Excel students who need to me excelled, bring others up to speed with where those excelled kids are. There is a reason there are grade levels. Stick with them.

    Proud to be an American!

    May 4, 2011 at 12:26 am |
  29. Morgan

    I think it would be great because you wouldn't have regular and excel classes for each grade. If you learn at a quick pace, and you are very intelligent, you can be in a class with older students. This would eliminate the need for children working above grade level, to skip a grade annd miss a year of learning.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:15 am |
  30. will

    that sounds like a fun idea 🙂

    May 4, 2011 at 7:25 am |
  31. Harold

    I think it is an outstanding idea because not all people learn at the same pace which would leave other students lacking behind if a level system was put into to place it would have a larger impact on the GPA of the school.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  32. Harris

    It's a great idea in some things...but in others you'd wonder if it was a bad mistake to make your school go through being like this. In some ways it's good because say you were the highest reader in your class...and the teacher couldn't put you higher or you would pass all of her lessons and sit around doing nothing all day. So it's a good plan when it comes to things like that. The bad parts are if say you are super great at math! Your only in sixth grade and you're already the highest in the sixth grade! What would happen if you got put with a bunch of eighth graders? What if they pick on you? Wouldn't school be horrible for you?

    May 4, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  33. Jennifer

    I think it will help students individuality better. The students that are ahead of everybody would be able to keep going ahead and not be bored in their classes. The people behind would get more help from the teachers so they can go up a level. I think this is a very good idea.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  34. Christine

    I don't think it's good idea. In Korea, they run Special Class just for the special kids. However, in the elementary school in Colorado, they let children to study on their own levels without age limits. That can hurt somebody's feeling because somebody can feel isolated from their friends if they are studying with younger students. They will feel stressful, depressed, and annoyed because some students may tease them with their levels.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  35. Kadiy

    It depends. If a child has a disorder, he might be paired up with a younger group, if this was the case. Which may lead to some disturbance in the peace of him and his former classmates.
    However, if you pair everyone together based on this, you'll find some behavioral problems might vanish, which is good, and they might be more educated, moving up quicker, and such. For example, if a student was enrichment material, just not tested, they would be swapped over to a higher group with the change. But based on what they know isn't fair, they might get paired up with some older/younger children, which could be uncomfortable for them.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:24 am |
  36. Ethan

    I dont really like it. I think that some students might be more mature than others, therefore i dont think students from 8 to 10 such be in the same class.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  37. Samuel

    I do think that school system needs reforming. That way of handling is much more rewarding for students... poor pupils aren't in the shadow of better ones, but can acquire knowledge at their own pace. While the ablest students aren't bored in class but can develop even more.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:29 am |
  38. Rebecca

    I think it's a good idea. There's too much segregation in schools, according to grade levels. Like, freshmen in high-school are considered the least important, and are bullied around by everybody older, whereas the seniors get all the benefits. The separation by skill instead of age will help a lot in the idea of accepting everybody for who they are, not what grade they're in.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  39. Conner

    I think it is i great idea to have personalized grade levels for certain individuals, I would hate to see a very intelligent person in classes that just waste their time.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  40. shantel

    No .Because if you have no grade level and your in middle school and say there are little kids in your class wouldn't they be holding you back from learning what you actually need to be learning thats why I wouldn't want to be going without a grade level .

    May 4, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  41. Jessica

    I think it might be okay, but not really. Kids might get confused, if their not already use to it.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  42. John

    i don't think a school with out grade levels would do any good for the students

    May 4, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  43. Natalie

    It would be kind of weird because mostly everybody is use to having grade levels. everybody also has their own way of teaching. Not everybody would be comfortable with that but some people are. As long as they are learning i don't think it matters if there are or if there not grade levels.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  44. Mikey

    I beleive that this couldn't work at a higher level. The parents probably won't support it, and it would take too long to learn and put it in effect.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  45. Trinity

    I think that this system will work because it puts students together based on acedemic levels, instead of grouping by age.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:05 am |
  46. Zachary

    I don't it would work because if you would be able to drop a grade and never going to college so there would be less working people in the world and more old people at school.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:28 am |
  47. jess

    I think its a good idea but if your an older kid and are in a class with younger kids than that kid could get teased for it.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  48. Kamille

    I think that school without grade levels is ok. But if you get stuck on one grade level you are going to be in that position for awhile. so i think it's a bad idea.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:34 am |
  49. Shelby

    I think it is an unique idea but not workable... We need grades to better get accurate ideas on where you are at academically

    May 4, 2011 at 10:34 am |
  50. kuykendall

    Well the basis is that people are being grouped with someone with their intelect but I would need others. The other thing is that I would not like being stuck with the older students. It tedios for teachers to have to deal the wide range of students>

    May 4, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  51. Teresita

    i dont think its a good idea letting it have no grades cause it would be a mess getting things ready

    May 4, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  52. Kat

    I think that it is a good idea not having a grade level because if they are good with a class they get moved to a different level so they don't have to keep learning the same thing.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  53. Cierra

    i think it is a good idea so we can challenge are selfs. I think it might be harder than haveing regulur grades but it can be done.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  54. Dairian

    I think it would be hard because I bet some students want to be regconized as a junior or 8th grader. I think they should just go step by step by grades instead of levels, but if they have to do this then at least put some 8th graders with the 8th graders.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  55. Jeffrey

    Yes, if a student barely passed a grade they have a higher chance of failing the next one, but if they go to a level to where they can learn and understand at their own pace they can learn what they need to.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  56. Juan

    Yes. Becouse if a 8 year old can do it then every body can do it.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  57. kirstyn

    yes because then we can move at r own paste

    May 4, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  58. Eryn

    I don't thiink that it will work because we r all use 2 getting grades and when we see r grades and they r bad we know right away we need to get help or extraa creidit to fix it somehow.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  59. Emily

    I don't think it wil work at a high school or middle school level because we would graduate at different times and not be with our friends.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  60. chyna

    i don't think it would work in Middle schools and High schools because if we didn't have grades at our school, then it would be a total mess with the older students that will be attending highschool the next year. The 6th graders will most likely be more picked on by the older students and there might be more chances for bullying. They should keep it the way it is at our local High schools and Middle schools.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  61. Kerigan

    I think its a smart idea for them to be in a class judged on how much they know. But some kids learn better when they are by kids the same age.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  62. moe

    i dont think it is a good idea to not have grades because your never going to know the people that are your age. Also think how embaressing it would be to be in the same class as some one way younger than you.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  63. ladarrius

    I will not go to a school without grade levels. Because if somebody ask me what grade are you in i will know. I think i will be a dumb kid in this world. I think if i dont know something i wont get a job. I think other kids should not go to a school with no grade levels. I think all kids should know their grade. I think that because i wont to be in a class with third graders. by:ladarrius to:carl azuz

    May 4, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  64. Christopher

    I think I should goto a school with grade levels. because so kids can know what grade their in. I don't want kids confuse in their grade. If I was in a class with forth graders they would know the answer.I don't want to Be in a class with littles kids

    May 4, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  65. Crystal

    I beleive that I would not want grade levels. I want to get the education I need to suceed in life. I would also like older kids in my class because the could help me with my work. I fit in better with older kids. If I am in a class with younger kids I could help them. But I would also like to know what grade i'm in with out other kids knowing so those kids dont fell bad about what grade they are in.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  66. Matthew

    I think this is a great idea. I think working at your own pace is better than struggling in a class. Also you could graduate sooner or later than graduating at a set date.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  67. Henry

    I think they will have grade levels, because the students are taking the test.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  68. Mr. Haroldson's Social Studies Class

    We think that the individual learning is a good thing. It gives the students a better chance to learn and reach their own standards, and goals. The teachers can learn the students' strengths and weaknesses. Personally, as students we think it would help us reach the individualized goals we set for ourselves. It may have its ups and downs but overall, we think it is a great way to learn.

    -Mr. Haroldson's Social Studies Class
    Freedom Middle School
    Freedom Wisconsin

    May 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  69. cody

    i think that we should not do the non grades so we passed i like it just the way it is

    May 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  70. Ka'Lesha

    I dont think its a good idea to not have grade levels because people thats not as smart as others , will see there friends going to the next level . and it could make that person not want to go to school anymore because they would think there not as smart as other kids .

    May 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  71. Elise

    I don't like this idea. I think you should be in what grade yur supposed to. Not 6 years old on a middle school level.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  72. zara

    i dont think thats a good idea because it would eventually get confusing for everybody and i think kids should be frouped with their grade level and have certain goals for them to accomplish before they move on to the next grade. if anything i just think regular schools should be more strict on how kids learn.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  73. Sparky

    If it only depends on the effort and motivation to the class and school, then it'd be a pretty revolutional change. I certainly think it'd be better and id excel in school very much faster. The slackers and class clowns will get to stay in school while I advance into college. What more could i ask for?

    May 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  74. christian

    I think this would be good and bad at the same time, because if u do all your work then you would pass. But if you dont do work you would fail and stay at the same level for a long time until you do your work and pass.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  75. Sergio

    I think this is a good idea because it helps kids that learn faster than others, be in a higher level.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  76. Ryan

    sounds great. skipping a grade level seems to be a myth. but now its a reality. I like it.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  77. monica

    i don't think it will work. as it saids it doesn't help test grades because there is to many students to keep track of. if you didn't have a system then everything falls. 8th grades are grouped with there age kinds and they learn form eachother. juniors or just plan high schoolers are better suited for there own kind. everything depends on the mature level they have. without the division of something then things will be choatic.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  78. Even

    I think that it might work but there are still some flaws in it.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  79. sonia

    My school is going threw changes too and i think its a good thing that it's happening but some of the ideas aren't good but this one will be intresting to see if it works

    May 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  80. Meghan

    I think that removing grades form schools would be an excellent idea. If students are removed from classes based purely on age (not ability), it will afford them the opportunity to get a better education. By learning based on their abilities, they can focus on what they have to learn rather than worrying about ridicule from peers because of their problems or apptitudes. Another way that it helps students is that it allows them to interact with students of different ages, a skill that will help them when they eventually move into the work world where they rarely deal with people of their same age. If grades were removed, students would recieve an education that would be tailored to their needs and would also allow them the time to improve in subjects that they need to work on.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  81. nick

    i think they should have grades because if u have grades you can have people ur own age because if u go to class with someone who is older then u it wont be fare. also if u dont have grade levels u can learn at ur own pace.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  82. kristel

    Well its kind of the same you still get graded on your assighnments but just no grades so its the same as the other schools a little.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  83. lynette

    i think the school with out grade levels is kinda crazy then what if someone asked what are you suppose to say. i also think that in a reguler school they would have you at a high grade level but then you go to that school and they put you at a low grade level is kinda unfare. and i also say that kids should all be together no little kids at a high grade that not righ at all. A SCHOOL WITH OUT GRADE LEVELS IS NOT RIGHT.!!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  84. Sushi

    I think that it is a great idea but will not work because its too much trouble and there are too many kids in middle school and high school

    May 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  85. Nguyet

    I don't really think it would work because some might be older than some of them and they would bully the younger one and it would not work out.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  86. Jarrett

    I think it would be nice to not have a grade level, because then teachers could give you more teacher to student action.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  87. Samantha

    I think that it would'nt work because the kids and students would have to remember everything and plus it would be worse in middle and high school because the have to go to different classes and what if in one class they have one grade level, and in other classes they have a higher or lower grade level on math, or reading or things like that.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  88. JT

    It would be a good thing to not have grade levels because no student would get left behind because he or she didn't understand something

    May 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  89. Omar

    I think that would be good for the students to test their skill that they can't learn

    May 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  90. Omar

    I think that would be good for the students to test their skill that they are able to do over and over

    May 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  91. Hannah

    Im not sure if i like that school system. Students need to interact with people THEIR age. Plus those students who are considered to know more or less might feel self conscious about themselves. Already there are many things that make people feel indifferent from racism and such, this will just contribute to that.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  92. Jyshonne

    it would be better for elementary because they are still maturing in their education.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  93. Max

    This really isn't good. When you need to learn, you need to learn. No grades mean really not a lot of learning. the kids that are kindergartners might not move up.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  94. Ibrahim

    I tHink students will learn faster this way, although it sounds and looks weird. Schools should do whats best for the students. I think it's cool!

    May 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  95. Krista

    This is bad... they can't learn anything if they dont move up a grade!

    May 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  96. Luis

    I thinks this is a great way to educate. It put's a more individualized focus in learning and will help the student more clearly in what they are lacking.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  97. Skee

    I think we should have grades because if I have a higher level than my friends, I'd never see them in class. I like having my friends in class with me so I'm not alone.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  98. tia

    well it could work for some schools but at my school it wouldnt work because we wouldnt have the money to do it and with alot of kids it seems that it would be weird.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  99. skylar

    i think that the no grade level is ok but what what about the year they will graduate. the grade levels will help and the no grade levels will work.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  100. Megan

    I think it would be better without grade levels because then if your are ahead of your class you can move up a level. You wouldn't have to wait for your class to get the lesson.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  101. Nadav

    I don't think no grades in school is possible. When will you graduate? What is expected of you. I think that if you don't go with grade levels then at least have something to seperate.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  102. Hector

    I think that it's crazy. How would you feel if you were 12 years old and in a room with a bunch of 6 year olds because you don't read very well.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  103. Vanessa

    I'm a homeschooler so I don't have grades and my test scores have gone from being a year behind to four years ahead. When you give up grades, you start to focus on learning. It's very motivating.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  104. Rodrigo

    I don't think it's a good idea because kids could make fun of kids who are in rooms with younger children.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  105. Gabriella

    i think that this is a really good idea because kids can work at their own pace, and they have a better chance of getting better grades

    May 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  106. Hector

    What about high school? If you are 18 years old and just leaving grammar school? When would you ever finish school?

    May 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  107. Marco

    If you are in a room with younger children, you might not want to go to school because you were embarrassed.

    May 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  108. Ivan

    It would be very stressful if you are in a room with a bunch of younger students and knowing that you are not as smart as kids your own age.

    May 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  109. xavier

    I like it because you dont have to worrie about repeting a grade

    May 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  110. drizzy

    The concept is of new age, but will die abruptly when parents notice that their non self-motivated child will learn no more. A school without set grades will destroy the competition of the student body and will instill these students that whatever pace they are going in is accepted and sufficient. In most cases, this is correct but with others non determined children may take school as it comes and not strive to get better; especially against the competition.

    May 4, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  111. Raul

    I think it would not work because every kid has to make some effort in order to academically advance.

    May 4, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  112. valeria&alfredo

    we think that is right because you should get better by yourself, the grades doesnt mean that you know more than another so you can have you own level without having grade

    May 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  113. Guillermo Jr.

    I think being placed on what you know rather than how old you are is an excellent idea. Not only does it prepare the future of America more properly and thoroughly; It also makes kids feel equal to each other! Also, about the test scores, there is a quote that I am pretty sure everyone is aware of. "The best things in life are worth waiting for." Patience is the key.

    May 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  114. karen

    i think that this is a good idea because you would get more attention from the teachers because the students would be divided by what they know so it would be easier for teachers and noone would fail and get held back.

    May 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  115. Samantha

    I do not think that is a good idea because kids shouldn't be arranged by what they know I think they should just keep as age level

    May 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  116. Julio

    I think that the idea to eliminate the grade levels would be a big mistake because that would meant that theres no limit between a kinder and college

    May 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  117. Alexis

    I think it is perfect. When your behind on something it can be very frustrating. Though when you are put into a group at your level you can have people in the same class at the same speed as you are. Same goes for the people who are much higher advanced.

    May 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  118. Samantha

    I think grouping students together by level would be a good idea because they would be learning what they need to and what they need to work on and they're not waiting on other students to move on or trying to catch up because they're moving at their pace, however it may make kids feel bad if their friends move on and they don't or if everyone is at a higher level, otherwise, it sounds like a great idea.

    May 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  119. Penelope

    I think there are pros and cons: on the good side, it helps the kids who show more learning ability excel to a level fit for them specifically. On the bad side, kids sometimes get placed with other children who aren't their age, which probably isn't as fun for the children.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  120. Lauren

    The best part about high school is that you get to be in classes with a more diverse age range. I wish my elementary school and middle school didn't have a grade policy. Being with different aged people helps people adapt to different social settings, and I think it teaches very good life skills.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  121. Constance

    I think that having no grade levels would be a great thing in the younger grades when age doesn't matter as much, but in middle and high school, the social pressure would be difficult to deal with. Many kids might get teased or disliked for being at a higher level than their same-age peers. To sum it up, I say never eliminate grades for adolescent students.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  122. Caitlyn

    I think students should have grade levels, because whe you are in a grade like I am, you are with your peers. Since they're going by levels and skills, sometimes they're not with kids their age. My peers help me learn everyday rather that a 5 year old coming up to me and explaining the astronomy.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  123. Brock

    I wish this would be set up at my school. Then our levels would have a good chance of going through school better, while the lower average kids could take their time.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  124. Emily

    If carried out correctly, it could be successful, but it seems to have the potential to be more detrimental than anything else. A standard can't guide the students. It's hard to say whether they can reach where they need to be. Without the pier pressure and the competition, many students could lose motivation, slowing down their learning process. A group of students the same age learning the same thing would most likely help to maximize the number of students reaching the point at which they need to be.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  125. Alyssa

    This has many positive and negative things about it. It would be a good thing because it gives students a chance to learn at their exact level of knowledge. Then again, if some students are below average and with younger kids, they may think that they are stupid and not try anymore. There is a less likely chance to be with your friends that understand the stage that you're going through in life.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  126. Matthew

    I think it would be cool to do it in high school and middle school so you can go at your own pace and graduate easier.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  127. Ryan

    personally I think this would work, because it would help get rid of the major issues in high school like dropping out and amount of students who do not graduate because the school it stays where the student is and what they learned so they can progress at their own pace.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  128. abbey

    i think that is good because it can help kids at different levels like if some kids didn't understand that one lesson they could wait and get more help until they did understand

    May 4, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  129. Alexis

    I don't necessarily think this would work that well. It would help with discipline problems tremendously, yes. But with everybody working at their own pace some students won't get the push that they need. More specifically, students who don't really care whether they get an education or not might take advantage of the whole "no grades" situation. People would be scattered all over the places if they weren't expected to advance every year.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  130. George

    I think that it may serve as a good purpose for children. Students can find their way through education without being rushed, and its what some tutors actually use, in order to educate their struggling students.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  131. mikaela

    I think it would be a great idea to have no grade levels because that way kids can have a chance for them to go their speed and they won`t fall behind.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  132. Avery

    A school without grade levels: sounds like a good idea to me. I am homeschooled, and have been raised with the idea in my head that students should not be grouped by age, but by knowledge. My rationale is that some children in a class that is grouped by age may be behind or ahead, and thus be ignored.

    For example, someone like me whose favorite book is Homer's "The Iliad" should simply be placed with other people who have read Homer's award-winning classic or simply other books of that level. I think that this school has a very good idea and should stay with it!

    May 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  133. Phil

    They should keep the system as it is.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  134. Tomi

    I think it sounds like a good idea for younger kids and would help be sure that they got their basics down, but for higher levels of education it'd probably get really confusing with all the different branches of different subjects you can get into and all of the personal choices you get to make about classes.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  135. Amanda

    well i think a school with out grades is what my teacher he would called it WEAK SAUCE! sure it gives putting kids in groups of there education level but what if the student can do it and just isn't trying hard then what do u do.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:09 am |
  136. Corey and Isaac

    We think that it is a good idea if you can manage it. So if you can make it work than it will help test scores. We think if they can make it work more schools will try the idea and in proove there test scores. Also if the schools test scores go up maybe all schools might change to no grade levels. So it sounds like a good idea.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  137. marley

    That is the worst idea in the world. grade levels are important because if you stick a bunch of 4th graders with 8th graders it would be a disaster you'd have to teach multiple things at once plus you'd have to disicpline the kids differently because of age difference and other stuff i say we keep grade levels it is way better.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  138. Melanie

    i do not agree, i think we should keep grade levels, it divides us not only by what we have learned but our maturity and it just makes more sense. I find no reason to change the way things are going on becuase there is no point, it hasnt been successful for other schools so why keep trying. everything is going smoth the way it is at my school, and the disiplin thing shouldnt be a problem because teachers are suppose to make children behave, they shouldnt have to force them, kids should act maturly.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  139. Frank

    I think its good that there doing that. You get to be based on how you perform other then being graded every six weeks. I think a lot of kids are going to be in highschool at a much faster rate because some kids are smarter then others. I think many more kids are going to get a higher education now than before.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  140. Amber

    I believe that this would work for not only elementary students but also for middle and high school students. all year around people get fed up and overwhelemed about not passing a grade but yet they arent on their levels of teachings. therefore all schools should proceed in this to make it all easier for learning and understanding things alot more to earn the knowledge you need.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:46 am |
  141. gabrielle

    i think that is a good idea because you would not have to wait through that grade you could just take a test and if you got a c or higher then you could be moved up

    May 5, 2011 at 9:17 am |
  142. Cherry

    It could work because everyone works at different levels. Groups could put kids together and help people make more friends. Putting people that work at the same level could help grades.

    May 5, 2011 at 10:10 am |
  143. Clive

    I think this idea could be a good idea. The teachers won’t have to worry about leaving students behind who struggle or giving students who are ahead pointless lessons on things they already know.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  144. Austin

    No, going without grade levels won’t work, you have to work with your own age and you have to learn how to push yourself.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  145. Celeste

    I think this program is great. It really keys in to each students potiental and skill level. Those students who usually get caught behind will have a better oppurtunity to truly learn the material, rather than sit in a class in which they don't understand.

    May 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  146. Tiffinie

    I don't know if I agree with this theory. Some students might just abuse this system to stay in simpler classes and not apply themselves. I personally feel that giving students grade levels is important. It keeps their progress steady and teaches them to apply themselves.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  147. Marie

    I do not think the “no grade levels” will work. The grade levels are designed to help you learn better. The students learn what they need to when they need to, and having a designated class with people around your age will help too because if you have a 15 year old with a 7 year old one of them is going to get frustrated. They will be on different levels and be harder to teach.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  148. Riley

    I think that it is a good idea, because if one or two students arnt quiet ready to move on to another grade then it wont be hard on them by being held back, and away from all their friends. Its also a good idea becasue if someone needs one on one time they can get it from their teacher.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  149. Sydney

    I think that the schools that have been trying to run without grades levels are very adventurous. But it would be very hard to get everything together.So I would not want to have a school that has no grades because I think its easier to have a certian amount of kids like they have right now in classrooms to make it easier on the teachers and the students. Personally I am used to going up every grade level so thats also part of the reason I would not want to have to change the schools ways for no more grade levels.I would like to see how other schools try it to see how it would change the school that i am at right now but,I would not want it to stay at my school forever!

    May 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  150. Brea

    I don’t think it would work for those kids who like to "slack" off, but maybe for the ones who can work hard to stay up to speed. It may mean less learning and put kids behind when they reach their upper grades.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  151. Samantha

    I think that it's an interesting idea. Trying to not have grade levels would be hard but once you get the hang of it it would be easy. For me it would be pretty hard, because i am really used to having grade levels. You basicly order them by how much they know. I would like to try it someday. The reason i am interested in it is because my friend was about to not have grade levels at her school, but the sad thing is she wanted no grade levels, because she loves trying out new things just like me! What I wish my school would is not switch classes, because my homeroom is awesome! I don't mind switching classes I just think that fifth grade isn't really ready for it, but we are!

    May 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  152. Akberet

    I think it's a good idea to not have grades because every student is on an diffrent level in each grade.I think it's good that they all have diffrent ages in diffrent classes because they can learn things from each other even if they are diffrent ages and size.so if they didn't have grades the people that are group together are at the levels and they know what they have to focus on.I also like this idea because the teachers all know what they know and don't know what they need to work on.That is why I think they shouidn't have grades.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  153. makala

    going without grade levels can work as it did befor in country schools, but only in smaller schools I think. In middle and high school it would work only because working at your own pace already happens quite often in high school.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  154. Kylie

    I guess that it makes sense that kids could learn at their own pace but at the same time I think that it would be hard to know for sure what the kids have learned. And what if one kid learns really fast? Wouldn’t they just be moved around from class to class? I think that on the social level this wouldn’t be very beneficial because the kids wouldn’t have class mates to grow up with. I know that I like being with my class and sense we have been in school together so long we are really close.I don’t think that if our school used this method we’d be as close.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  155. Paige

    I disagree with this plan, I believe that it is important that children know certain information at certain ages. Eventually schools without grade levels may end up with elementary children that are not potty-trained. If you do not challenge the mind, then it will not grow.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  156. david

    I am so so so so so so so so so so happy !!!

    May 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  157. India

    I mean I really dont know because its like a school with no grade levels is kind of crazy because the room can gt to full and there want be alot of space for everyone to move around

    May 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  158. luqman

    i think thats bad because it will have no order.its just like saying that having a job with no positon.but you should always have order.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  159. santo

    It's an interesting idea but I don't think it would work. A lot of things in Junior High and High School deal with age appropriate issues, Seniors can handle language and sexual talks more than Eighth graders and Freshmen. It would also take away a sense of achievement. Getting through each grade is an accomplishment; every year a challenge of its own and it wouldn't be fair to take that sense of accomplishing something and making progress away from students.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  160. hannah

    My opinion is that going to school without grade levels would not work because if you went to a school without grade levels transfering from a school with grade levels .It wouldnt work out if you just stopped being a 8th grader. When it is time for you to finish school and go on to college you would know what grade youre in.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  161. angel

    i think its rediculous. how would anyone graduate ever? what if someone gets stuck on one level of anything for more than expected, than what. grade levels should stay no matter what

    May 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  162. Terrence

    I glad because, other students will work very will together . They will also get the help they need no matter what age the student is. I wish my school also had the no grade class!

    May 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  163. Zoe

    I think that this a good chance for kids to work with other kids on their level, and they get to make new friends. But there is one thing that makes this a bad idea. Some of the kids won't be able to work with their friend because they are on another level and they won't be able to see them alot. Other wise, it is an idea worth thinking about.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
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  165. Henry

    I go to a school where the high school and junior high schools are all bunched together, and it doesn't work, in my opinion. I am more of the opinion that you are in a grade based on knowledge, so a person at 14 could be a senior, or at 17 a freshman.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  166. Gabby

    There are kids out there that go threw grades and don't even try. This sounds like a good plan for them. But have you realized, it's awkward being with kids that are not your age and learning with them? So if a younger kid is as smart as an older kid, that would be awkward for both students learning with a different age group...

    May 5, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  167. Thayne

    I think it sounds like a great oppertunity for kids that are naturally advanced in some subjects to be able to excell like that. I think it is a good idea,

    May 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  168. Katara

    This is not a very good system to establish in middle school or high school. It would be harder because you still would have twelve years of school to complete, even if you were ahead of your peers. It would also be difficult to be a different age than others– say, a sixteen-year-old in a class of thirteen-year-olds, or a second-grader in a class of teenagers. Also it would make you more competitive with your peers and could lead to some kind of fight.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  169. Jacey

    I agree 100%. people are ranked by how much they know, not their age, and thats good! l like this idea!

    May 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  170. Jesse

    I think that some kids that have different age groups can feel left out!

    May 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  171. zion

    I think that school with no grades is awesome its awesome because since im going to middle school next year i would still be able to have recces. thats cool so i dont have to be stuck inside all day .Its also bad if there were no grades i would have little kids in my class thats weird because they would ask me a lot of things. There's nothing wrong its just that i want to get my work done.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  172. ashley

    I think that it is very cool that the kids don't have grades. first it's good because if someone is in a higher level than other kids they should have the opportunity to move on when they think they are ready. It's also bad because they would need more then one teacher in a room. I don't know it is up to the district or principal. so that is my opinon.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  173. Jonathan

    I think it's a good idea especially if lowers disiciplne problems.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  174. Megan

    I think that not having grade levels would be great. It would give you the opportunity to learn with kids of all ages who would be at the same learning level you are. It would give kids who need a little bit of help the chance to get help, and the kids who can move a little faster the chance to get ahead.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  175. Dennis

    I do think think this would work because you work at the level you are trying to learn with student that are trying to learn the same thing as you are. This gives a chance for the kids that don't get something that fast for those kids to learn it.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  176. Natalie

    Being surrounded by people your age means you can immediately connect, and socially you need these connection. On an academic level, it might cause people to want to go up to higher levels, making it like a compitition and not a school.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  177. corbin

    I think it is a good idea. Kids are learning at their own pace. To me the real reason kids get bad grades is because one subject needs to be used in another subject, and kids dont know what to do and that's just another subject they dont get. Think about it, when you dont get something, you want to try forever until you do. And when you get it you're way behind because you're still on that before subject.Good job dreaming that up!

    May 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  178. jordan

    I think that the schools that don't have no grade levels is a good thing because the kids have to worry about if there moving up a grade.But the thing that is wrong with it is they'll have to stay in the same class until they prove up there scores.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  179. Ethan

    I don't think it will work with middle or high school students because there will be a lot of making fun of people if they are supposed to be in 8th grade but are in the first level of middle school.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  180. cynthia

    i think this level thing is a good idea, because everbody learns at a different pace.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  181. Haley

    my friends its wierd that i, a 7th grader, is dating a 9th grader, so maybe this new system will be a good thing. We all learn at different paces so let us be judged on that instead of being judged by age

    May 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  182. Hannah

    I think its pretty weird. People would get confused

    May 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  183. Cato

    I don't think that is right. If a 7 year old is working with a 10 year old the 10 year old will feel that all the hard work that he or she had done throughout the years had been in vain if a 7 year old kid can do it.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  184. Steven

    I do not think this would work at the middle school or high school level because in high school there would be a freshmen and a sophmore in the same class in that case there would be more fights.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  185. joe

    i htink that it would fail miserably because it would be easier for bigger kids to pick on little kids.

    May 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  186. Zachary

    I think it is a terrific idea! This means that kids won't be made fun of because if their intelligence level is lower than someone else. It also gives kids the chance to relate to people who are at the same level as them in a certain subject as them, there for; those students can relax and be the same.

    May 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  187. Sarah

    I think it's a good thing. Then kids can of all ages can show how smart they are and don't have to stick with people their own age if they're smarter than that.

    May 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  188. Misty

    I think that could probably work but it would be hard to get used to, also a lot of people in high school and middle school just want to have classes with their friends. So if their friends are in a higher or lower level than them then they wouldn't be happy with it.

    May 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  189. Arkeylah

    I say no it wont work at middle school cause kids need to know there grade and if they past.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  190. Andrea

    I don't think it would work. If they've all ready tried it and kids aren't doing good on test scores it wouldn't work. I would also stick with grade levels because I would like to know that I am in 6th or 9th grade. Plus how would you know what age is right for you to go to college if you skip and go to a class thats right for you.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  191. Megan

    I don't think it would be very fair if I was in 4th grade then the next year I'd be in 7th grade I wouldn't like that.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  192. Megan

    If everybody in Colarado was placed in levels instead of grades then nobody could understand what they mean. For example if I were in level 5 and there are 4 level 5's nobody would know which is which.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  193. Sarah

    I think that no grade levels are a good idea for the students because they will try harder then kids with grades levels do.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  194. Amanda

    I think this is a good idea..........when people are at a certain grade level they might be with students in their classroom that arent as educated as them so that might be holding them back because the teacher has to spend more time with them with the no grade levels it puts all students with the same or similar knowledge in the same classroom.

    May 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  195. orlando

    I think that this is kind of good that they work at their own pace. But the younger students may get bullied by upper classmen.

    May 5, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  196. Nick

    I really don't think it will work because there's not enough structure in the students learning process. If I walked into school and saw i wan't in sevent grade anymore, i'd freak out!

    May 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  197. Morgan

    I would like to learn subjects based on how well i am in it. It would help me not to be to challenging for me in subjects that are hard for me and a challenge for the subjects that I do understand.

    May 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  198. Morgan

    I would like to learn subjects based on how well i am in it. It would help me not to be so challenging for me in subjects that are hard for me and a challenge for the subjects that I do understand.

    May 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
  199. Sage

    I think it is smart what this school is doing. I am moving this summer and my mom is making us go by our own grade level, in example, my sister and I will both do 7th grade English skills and move ahead if we can, and start with 6th grade math. I think what this school is doing is smart and should be practiced more through out the US.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  200. Blake

    Well They would just be learning the same thing but if you ask them what grade are in you don't get an answer and I would just move to a different school if My school has no grades!

    May 5, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  201. neena

    i think this is a good way for students to improve in their learning yeaa..

    May 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  202. josh

    I think it is a good idea so kids dont have to worry as much as usual about their grade and hopfully soon in college it makes them them feal that its not to easy but not to hard.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  203. cascade

    i think thats a good idea for kindergardeners up to third graders but not for forth and up beacause there would be no improving or getting better!

    May 5, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  204. Abby

    I can’t decide whether it is good or bad. I mean that it is a little insulting to kids who are older but not in a higher level but it did drastically help reduce the discipline problems. I also can’t say whether it would work for middle school and high school but in the long-run I don’t think it would work.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  205. Mr. Soule's Class

    It would really effect your social life, If your friends were on level 3 and you were on level 6 You might get made fun of, Just beacuse your ahead of them. Thats how i feel about it.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  206. Andrew

    schools should not test them by levels but by there age and progress and it should be handled by parents if not they should go to a new school it is unique but strange

    May 5, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  207. Emily

    I think it would work in middle and high schools.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  208. Danielle

    I don't agree with this new procedure. The test scores are still the same, so why do it? Discipline could be a motive, But i find it hard to believe kids would not be teased about the "level" they are on, as in a lower level then kids their same age. Usually your grades were a personal thing that no one but yourself or your parents had to see, But with this level system the whole school can see how "smart" you are.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
  209. tyrone

    i think we should have grade levels because it doesnt seem like a 14 year old would be best friends with an 11 year old. it is a good thought though.

    May 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  210. Meg

    One big part of school is the social part. You need to be around kids your own age! This may help you with skills but, all kids deserve to be with kids that are going through the same things.

    May 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  211. Evan

    i think its a bad idea. Just think, your in a class with younger or older kids learning the same thing. Its embarrassing when you the oldest in a class with younger kids.

    May 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  212. Kate

    I think it is a good idea. Sometimes I feel like I'm in to slow of a class and sometimes the other way around. This way student can all be in a class of equal knowledge.

    May 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  213. Javier

    On my opinion I dont think they should have no grades. If the kids are seperated not by grades then I dont see how they can grow up and go to college or high school. They cant always be dependent. But on the other hand the kids will be able to learn on there own pace.

    May 6, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  214. Claire

    I think that a school without grade levels is not a good idea. Students who are held in a class with younger students might be embarssed about their placement. Students who are moved up might be with older kids they did not know well and not be able to connect with their classmates.

    May 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  215. Bridget

    It would be harder for teachers but would give kids time to excel. My sister is complaining about too easy homework

    May 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  216. Ivy

    I think that having no grade levels is a good idea. It makes people who are not as smart-or extra smart-feel like they belong there.

    May 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  217. DD

    I think it would be go to learn at your own ,because in many classes you have 3 day to learn things then you get left behined,because you have to fit everything in 1 year.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  218. Amy

    i think the idea is cool, but i wouldn't try it because it's to complicated for some people, sometimes it helps to work with other students your age and other times it's better to work with people who are struggling with the same thing you are

    May 6, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
  219. Alex

    I think a school without grade levels is a bad idea. Sure, the students work at their own pace, but it might create a feeling of a "superior class". If one kid is, let's say, 12 and still on level 4 in reading, while another 12 year old is at level 7, it co9uld discourage kids. It could make kids feel like they aren't as smart as their classmates, which could degrade their work. Some might get picked on or bullied because they aren't at the same level as everyone else.

    May 7, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  220. Jacinta

    I personally do not like the idea of not having grades in high school. I take great pride in recieving my report card and seeing my straight A's. Without a grading system I do not understand what encourages students to do the best that they can on their assignments, quizzes, or test. Overall, this idea may be nice in elementary school when it is crucial for students to have individual attention, however in high school you need to recieve a grade on your work. They aren't going to make college individualized, so why should high schools be more individualized.

    May 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  221. Siang-Yong

    I don't think this would really benefit us, because those who didn't pass might feel left out and they might as well leave their friends. Instead with grade levels everybody would be in the same grade but different classes so they can still meet their friends. Also it kinda shows off how smart you are, since all of us are indiviuals with this system. People of lower levels might feel dumb because of how they are all in different levels.

    May 8, 2011 at 1:22 am |
  222. Cathrine

    I don't think that this procedure is a good idea. The only benefit is discipline, and there are other ways to solve that problem. This procedure could embarrass some students, because if they do not do very well academically, everyone would know and possibly tease the student. Also, with grade levels, kids tend to get along better with kids in their grade than different ages.

    May 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  223. cathy

    I think that it is a bad idea because kids who are going to middle school might not know what they need to know for it.

    May 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  224. saul

    I think it a bad idea because the kids don't know what subject the need work on

    May 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  225. Christina

    Absolutely not. Passing a grade not only gives a student satisfaction, but it also marks a milestone in their education.
    On top of that, how would you organize students? Group A? Group B? The only change would be the words used to describe the level. (As well as the student age range– who wants to be an "8th" Grader surrounded by "6th" or "7th" Graders?)

    May 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  226. Harrison

    I don't think this would be a good idea because it will be very hard to judge how much a student has learned. They would have to take a lot of tests to determine about how much they had learned. Also, how would you graduate? If there were no grades could you graduate when you should be a freshman?

    May 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  227. Delana

    I don't think that this no grade thing is a good idea because, you might not get one on one time with your teacher for help because they are working with even more students, and when you go to another school, like highschool or something, you wouldn't be used to the "Grades".

    May 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  228. Reggie

    No way, this would not do at all. Students who advance farther may feel better, however, the students that are behind will feel worse. There would be a lot of teasing if you were in a grade the same as somebody younger than you. It would be much better to just keep the grade levels. I'm a seventh grader but I go to math a grade up, and this is a procedure that can be used in case a student is way too good for their grade.

    May 8, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  229. India

    I think it is a clever idea for elementary school students, but not for grades 6-12. I believe kids in middle in high school need to be with people of their own maturity levels. Problems might arise if a high schooler harasses a 6th grader because there is such a difference in maturity and physical size. The 6th grader could not stand up to someone who might be a foot taller than he. Middle/High schoolers also need to be around their peers. In a no grade system, a middle schooler might not be placed with people of the same age. Students need to develop socially and that might not happen in a system similar to the one mentioned.

    May 8, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  230. Lydia

    Although this idea is a good one, I disagree. Students will have to study in the same way, same pattern. When students go out to the society, there will be a lot of changes. So in order to adapt to new or different changes, I think going with different grades and challenges will be a better environment for students.

    May 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  231. Bernice

    I think this project will surely work out effectively in the future.The best eduction program should be the one that suits every individual's learning ability ,regardless of their age.Just as the project now shows that the students are more motivated and have less disipline problems than before,it's already making impact gradually.However,as it takes time for the public to accept a new concept or thing,this new project may encounter many obstacles before it finnally become widely accepted.I believe it has a bright future despite some of its current setbacks.

    May 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  232. Vineet

    no, because i could just kick back and relax. i could slack of all i wanted.
    if this happens to every person more people will slack off and not do there job correctly

    May 9, 2011 at 12:52 am |
  233. taz

    Our school should try this. I think this is a great ideal.

    May 9, 2011 at 12:57 am |
  234. Dorris

    If you don't have grades then how would you graduate high school, and how would it look on a college application? This new idea will only solve minor problems, so it is virtually pointless.

    May 9, 2011 at 1:24 am |
  235. Taylor

    I think it is wierd because u would have to teach different grade levels and different subjects

    May 9, 2011 at 7:35 am |
  236. Chrissy

    I think it is a really good idea, kids are not working at there leavel. Only if my school would do that!

    May 9, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  237. Max

    Well I can see it both ways. For one it could help kids accelerate at there own past, but others might just need the simple traditional education.

    May 9, 2011 at 9:03 am |
  238. Stephanie

    I'm not exactly sure how this would work out??? I think it would be something cool to experiment with but people learn at different levals, I'm sure thats some of the reason we do have grade levals.

    May 9, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  239. Ryan

    I think schools shouldn't have grades because for kids that are special Ed won't get made fun of how far they are behind in school.

    May 9, 2011 at 10:28 am |
  240. jeffrey

    I think it is a good idea so kids do not have to be special Ed because im special Ed

    May 9, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  241. Millie

    I think this is a great idea i mean if its like your realy bad at math (your in 7th grade) you can go down to the 5th or 6th grade class and if your great at science then you could go to 8th or 9th grade science the only problem i can see is the fact that teens are a little reckless but some induviduals who are super smart are in college who are 12!!!!

    May 9, 2011 at 10:47 am |
  242. Brittney

    This is a really good idea!
    Honestly, sure, older kids may cause swearing and some dicipline problems with drugs...but it actually proves how smart kids can be.
    Like some kids can actually be like...12, 13, or maybe 14 and be as smart as someone that is in collage.
    And Danielle, I honestly disagree.
    By their grades, it doesnt show what group their in.
    What this..."procedure" does is just show what kids LEARNED.
    Not what their grades are.
    See, some individuals can be 12, and write and spell and so on so forth, BETTER than someone that is in collage.
    Or a high grade in High School.
    See, I like this program.
    You can meet people who are not your age, but can be one of your greatest friends.

    May 9, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  243. Sylvin

    I don't think it will work.Kids should be learning with kids there own age.

    May 9, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  244. Dairian

    I think it would be hard because I bet some students want to be regconized as a junior or 8th grader. I think they should just go step by step by grades instead of levels, but if they have to do this then at least put some 8th graders with the 8th graders. I also I think people would feel bad about themselves because they are in second grade level and they are a senior.

    May 9, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  245. Janet

    i think that is is good but a kids would be teased about the "level" they are on, as in a lower level then kids their same age , mostly in middle school or high school.

    May 9, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  246. maddie and caitlin

    We think it's a fantastic idea beacause students can work at their own pace and when students are behind they won't be upset because they have their own gruop to work with.

    May 9, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  247. Shelbey

    I think it is a good idea because the pace for some students is too fast or too slow. With this they would get the right amount of attention on their school work. This also would put less stress on them. They can go with the flow and enjoy school!

    May 9, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  248. jenah

    I do agree with this procedure because it is a benefits kids who learn fast. They don't have to be held back because the other children aren't ready to move on yet. and if kids are learning with others who are at their lever then they have a better chance at moving on because they don't get stressed about being behind. It would also help a teacher focus on a small group of students so that there is more interactiveness. I would love to enroll my children into a school like this and i hope that one will be available by the time i have children.

    May 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  249. Richard

    I don't think it will work because having grade levels separates the kids by what they are supposed to learn. In each grade level you learn different things. If you don't have grades then how do you know what to teach to the kids, how are they separated.

    May 9, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  250. Dean

    That is a great idea because you should focus on kids that are struggling and work with them to help them achieve there problems that have a hard time. Everybody has problems in some areas where help is needed but because of this new idea kids can be better off in that area.

    May 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  251. hugo

    Yes! this would give kids a better chance at challenging there skills in class. working with other kids at your skill level instead of having not so bright kids with ones that work marvelous be a good pair? i would not think so, so i would have to say go with out the grade levels. someone might be too smart for their grade level or might not. this allows kids to work and study at their peak performance.

    May 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  252. robeto

    well i think maybe nd maybe not...i think it would have to do with maturity....some people have learned what other people wouldnt..

    May 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  253. Waleel

    Maybe it will work because maturity. it will because we will need more teachers. the teachers will need to be paid more. Why, because of kids in different grade levels will act up more. It just depends on how smart you are.

    May 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
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  255. alaina

    i think the no grade thing makes sense, it helps the smarter kids be able to move at their own pace and not have to worry about being held back. it helps with the kids that need extra help and attention to learn also.

    May 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  256. Sydnee

    I think it would be impossible to pass school without grades because you need them for almost every thing at school.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  257. greg

    i dont think dont think that would not be a good idea becuse you mite have a 17 and 18teen year old that is on the 4-5-6 grads level and they would be a bad inforued on the little ones

    i also dont think it would be very organiza and i think the schools would not like it if we stards doing that

    May 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  258. rosie

    i think that a school with no grades is a great idea because kids wont have to be so worried about passing but just learning and having fun doing it.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  259. jessica

    I don't think its going to work. I say that because people learn better together and also understand better.So no I don't think its a good idea.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  260. tyler

    I think that it wouldn't work because a lot of people would have trouble because staff and teachers would have to find all the different books for different work and stuff like that. I think that a lot of people like the compaction.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  261. Marcus

    I dont care about this it wouldnt matter to me. If they want to do something like that they should have the school vote. If they say they want to stay the same or change.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  262. Chauncey

    I think that's confusing... Especially with high school students, You know how us high school students are, with the seniors and such. Seniors and juniors like the fact that there so OBVIOUSLY older then us freshman's... And without that they would just die. (Not literally)

    May 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  263. robert

    i think that it will work for junior high kids, and or high school kids. i think this because then the kids can work at their own level. the students will like it better to work at their own level

    May 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  264. robert

    i think that it will work for junior high kids, and or high school kids. i think this because then the kids can work at their own level. the students will like it better to work at their own level.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  265. Mavrik

    I don't know if I believe it would work or not. However, our test scores as a nation aren't very good. from that I believe we need to have some change in schools, and this could be that first step that leads to something that works.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  266. travis

    I think a school with out grades is better than a school with grades becuse the kids can work at there own pace. I think this is better because students that are able to work at their own pace don't feel the pressure to keep up with their classmates.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  267. marquise

    A school without grade level is not smart because alot of students might not like the idea and parents might get mad too.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  268. andrea

    kids need to be in k to 12 its easier that way so they can focus on their work and it would be easier for the teacher

    May 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  269. Katie

    I think this is a good and bad thing. It is good because kids who don't really understand the material can get extra help on it. It is also bad because most middle/high school kids want to be with kids their age and have their friends with them.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  270. Syd

    I think that its not the best idea because alot of kids i know would prefer to be with their own age group. i have had experiences when there were younger children who would not go away

    May 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  271. Josh

    I think this is a good idea because if someone is ready for something they are already at that level. If someone needs extra help with something they go to that level. To wrap up what i am saying is if you are ready for something they already have you at it but if you are not then you aren't at it yet.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  272. Stephen

    I don't think it is a great idea because if everyone worked at their own pace, then how would they get the push they need to mature and grow up. I would just stick to having grade levels.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  273. Danie

    I think the method wouldn't be as succesful as they'd like it to be. While some students are learning what is needed, some students could be lacking the proper attention that they need and they might fall behind. Also, if a student were to fall so far back, bullying could be a problem! Name calling because of an individual's intellect, teasing and other things of the sort could lead to turn out.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  274. Lyndzie

    I don't think it will work.Kids need to learn with kids there own age.If your going to scool with someone who is a couple years older then you are,you might get bullied.If you don't understand something in class why don't ask questions so you won't haft to go to school with someone who is older or younger then you

    May 9, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  275. Autumn

    I don't really like this. It'd kinda suck when you meet someone new and they ask what grade you're in. Plus, what grade you're in is sort of like a badge or a belt. It shows what "level" you are at. What if in karate there was no belts. A white belt would be equal with a black belt.

    May 9, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  276. Hannah

    Nothing is changed. They just changed the word 'grade' to 'level' and called it something different than normal school, which it isn't. If people are being graded, getting assignments, etc, then it is the same thing.

    May 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  277. Riley

    I...well I think that is wrong becouse they could be 6 in 7th grade dod they think about that.... NO!

    May 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  278. Erik

    I think it would certainly be interesting. However, it would create complications between age. People would be in classes like freshman and seniors, and it would be confusing at times.

    May 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  279. Nicole

    As an advanced student I sometimes feel ignored in some subject areas that I have already studied. I know some stundents that are falling behind and I think this type of grouping could help them get back up to the regular standards. I feel this would improve work quality and make most of the students feel good about their work and progress.

    May 10, 2011 at 12:53 am |
  280. Kelsey

    I think this would be a great idea. Only because then you can learn at your own pace.

    May 10, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  281. Ian

    i think it's good i sometimes feel challenged by one class but not by another

    May 10, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  282. Lily

    I don't think that people should go without grade levels. Yes, the classes might suit the kids better, but they are still going to have slackers. People would feel left out and dumb if they were slower, and the faster kids might pick on the slower ones. Also, people should be with kids their own age so they have better friends and feel more comfortable.

    May 10, 2011 at 9:21 am |
  283. Logan

    I dont think it will work because different age categories in the same class might cause older students that are grouped with younger students to feel less intelligent then the younger students and different maturity levels will also cause problems.

    May 10, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  284. Leonidas

    I think it is a good way. Grade is nothing. It is trash. It is just a restriction of skills. student's skill should not be restricted by their ages.

    May 10, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  285. Heather

    I did this in fourth grade, I went to a different kind of school, i'm in high school now but I thought it was a good idea. I really loved how I got ahead. So it's a good idea for schools now to realize it.

    May 10, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  286. Casey

    I don't think it will work because there is a certain level of Discipline needed in the High School and Middle school levels. Plus how would you know when to have people graduate? If you didn't have the grade levels and it interfered with the discipline at the school chaos would break loose.

    May 10, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  287. Soren

    It is an interesting concept, but at the Junior High/ High School level it is not really feasible. High school is structured around age. Sports, Curriculum, even some electives are designed for certain grades. No specific grades would create massive scheduling conflicts, as well as some potentially dangerous tension. Imagine being the only 17 year old in a class of 14 and 15 year olds. Regardless of the benefits of own paced learning, this concept opens a student up to ridicule and bullying. Also, part of school is being in class with friends. If you are placed based on learning ability, and previous knowledge, then you may be in a class where you are isolated. High school already is stressful enough. It would be unwise to create more.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  288. Anna

    I thiknk there should be grade levels because everyone needs a push to be able to work harder.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  289. Hannah

    I am on the line because i think that it is a good idea to have kids in a class that is at the right level for their abilbities, but also the children might hurt each others feelings because of the level you are.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  290. Erin

    i think that this is a brilliant idea. All kids have different learning abilities and it would be best to group them all together so kids that are faster and already know some of the stuff dont have to relearn everything. It would be more productive for the kids and i think they would be easier to lean.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  291. Juliet

    I think that this is an interesting idea, but like most ideas, has pros and cons. I think that it would definitely be great to be learning at your own level and pace, and it would reduce dicipline problems because no one would be ahead or behind. On the other hand, I think that it little weird at times if you were with someone that was a lot older or a lot younger than you. I think that people who are older are often times much more mature than people who are younger. It is also nice to have friends that are your same age and who are going through the same things that you are with your thoughts and image and so on. I'm still not quite sure what I think of it.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  292. Desiree

    I think going to school without a grade level would not be possible because
    your teacher would not know what kind of assignments to give to you and
    what your suppose to be learning.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  293. Alvey

    I think that this would be a good idea because it wouldn't hold back the smarter kids, and would give more attention to the kids that need help.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  294. Marcus

    This is smart and dumb first smart so people can get the point of the lesson, this is dumb because some younger people can be on a higher level than older kids and the older kids will be ridiculed

    May 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  295. Jordan

    No. I don't think it would work because then people would askwhat grade you are inand you would say no and think that you are weird.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  296. Jordan

    Definitly no. With all the budget cuts I do not think that we can afford the change because the kids might not like that rule andd try to find a different school that doesn't have that rule.It wouldcause alot of teachers to lose their jobs and probably more than a million dollars to pay the teacher's unemployment money and that is just not in the right mind that and people might not have the same respect for school and for teachers all around the united states. We have to take into consideration that us kids might not pay attention in school after that rule is passed.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  297. Tarah

    I Like The Idea Of Not Having Grade Levels But What If Someone Wasn't Ready For The Levels In High School?

    May 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  298. Kristopher

    I think they should not be grouped by how much they know. If kids wanted to go up to the next grade level they should do all the work in that grade level first

    May 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  299. Kayla

    I believe this program is a REALLY BAD IDEA!!! First of all, the one to two year age difference in a classroom can make a BIG difference. Think about it, would you feel uncomfortable in a class with kids years younger or older than you? Second of all, when most schools that have tried this program have failed to follow through with it, why are many more schools converting to it?

    May 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  300. Sarah

    I think no grade levels would be confusing and hard for most children/students to deal with. Older students will probably make fun of the younger ones for no good reason at all or something else like that.

    May 10, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
  301. Nate

    I think that the grade level classroom is not a good idea. Students having to learn with younger students would be embarassed.

    May 11, 2011 at 10:29 am |
  302. danielle

    when i go to school i look forward to seeing my friends that does not include younger or older children. the district already has a plan to give kids that need a little help their ow tutor or more time with certain things. if i was in a class with younger kids it take away my feeling of growing up and little kids might think they can do things older kids can. with the most respect i think this idea is a very bad one

    May 11, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  303. Christopher

    It is good to have a boost or a push in school. But i think people should really have time to socialize and have fun. I suggest that we need same grades.To take some of the pressure off.

    May 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm |