Recently Manor New Tech has adopted a new grading schedule. At the beginning of the year and years before New Tech practiced a trimester grading schedule and now practices a semester grading schedule.
The trimester grading system worked by having 12 weeks within each trimester while the semester grading system works by having 18 weeks within two semesters. Reasons behind the change include that semesters will give teachers more time with the students to ensure the student thoroughly comprehends the material.
“It was a decision across the district, we had been on trimesters for a long time and decided that in the long run we'd get more time with the students,” stated Robin Villarreal, instructional coach at Manor New Tech.
The change was not just made only by staff at New Tech but actually a committee consisting of teachers, parents, and community members who came to the conclusion that semester's would work better for our school. Though the change was fairly positive and benefited both teachers and the students it didn't actually seem all that great to students. Many students were a little taken aback by such a drastic change without warning.
“They asked our parents but I feel like they should've asked us changes. The most prominent of the changes would be the schedules. The staff took the complaints they'd heard from students last semester into consideration when changing schedules.
Besides the trimester to semester change also came other changes. The most prominent of the changes would be the schedules. The staff took the complaints they'd heard from students last semester into consideration when changing schedules.
“For the first time ever we've had a lot of students moving from our campus to other campuses to take advantage of classes at the CTE Center- kids wanted to take more advantage of that and that led to some rearranging of teacher schedules which then led to rearranging of student schedules,” said Villarreal.
Now though this change isn't exactly permanent yet, it could become. New Tech students can benefit from both trimesters and semesters in many different ways and when given time students will indeed see the benefits of each.