As part of improving the academic standards, the Lafayette Parish School System’s high school principals are working on a plan to standardize grading practices district-wide.

Chief Academic Officer Annette Samec told the school board last night high school principals in the district have discussed standardizing their schools’ grading practices since 2008, but now they are teaming up to reach their goal by the start of the upcoming school year.

“Schools need to agree upon common vocabulary district-wide such as what constitutes a grade, what are summative assessments, what are formative assessments and what is the difference between knowledge-based assessments and performance-based assessments.”

Samec offered an example of a student receiving a grade ranging anywhere from an 82 to a 89 depending on the teacher.

Next summer, Samec said, the district will focus on delivering the same grading standardization practices for grades K-8.