Adams 50 School District Ditches Grades and Grade Levels

February 2009
As school districts across the nation drill the basics into kids to bolster those standardized test scores, Adams 50 school district in Westminster is going in a radically different direction. When elementary and middle-school students return in the fall, they won't have any grades to worry about. There won't even be grade levels, as the 10,000-student district seeks to reverse its low test scores and rising dropout rate. That's according to The Christian Science Monitor, which reports that officials are adopting a "standards-based" approach that has been successful in parts of Alaska. Students will advance depending on their mastery of a particular subject, not by age or grade. See for yourself. Last month, News 5/30 in Colorado Springs highlighted the plan in a story that includes video.