A group of Ontario high schoolers will be allowed to negotiate their final grades this year as part of an experiment that is challenging how teachers and students think about academic achievement.
The pilot project at Mayfield Secondary School in Caledon, about an hour northwest of Toronto, will see some Grade 9 students sit down with teachers to negotiate a final mark for the course, but only after reviewing their learning and performance based on the feedback they received.
The experiment at Mayfield did not initially have the full support of all teachers and parents. Many parents and children are heavily focused on the traditional grading system to ensure entry into competitive postsecondary programs, and a new feedback concept didn’t sit well. But educators have grown increasingly frustrated that too many students leave high school not fully prepared for university or college, even though they may be labelled as top performers.