I don't even know where to begin. I have taught full day K in a year round school in southern VA-this will be my 5th year. Last year, we got a survey that asked if we felt the current grading system of S, N and U was appropriate. All the K teachers I have talked to said they responded No, it isn't informative to parents, and we would prefer more of a checklist with standards, and letting parents know which stnadards were mastered and which were progressing, etc. Well, apparently, the dislike of SN and U meant we wanted letter grades, and we were informed last week that ALL kids in grades K-12 would get A-F letter grades on their report card. This is wrong on so many levels-not helpful/informative, self esteem issue, develomentally inappropriate. We have already met with the powers that be in the super. office to discuss our concerns and we were met with strong resistance. All this because ONE person asked (probably a first or second grade teacher, because they also used SN and U), and a survey wasn't asked correctly. I do have a question among this rant (which I tried to shorten as much as possible) is does ANYONE grade A-F, HOW do you determine what grades are given (we don't give "tests", almost everything is one on one) and how is this recieved by your parents? Note- we already do a mini checklist of what was assessed that nine weeks, but its teacher made in our school only and we do plan on continue doing it this year. We'd like a standards based one for the year though. My other question is, if you don't do A-F, how do you grade, and do you think it is appropriate and effective at communicating how the student is doing to the parents. thanks in advance.