JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tuesday means back to school for students in Clay County and Camden County. It's a day for which some students and teachers say they've waited for for months. "The summer just got boring," Clay County student Trace Nooney said.
"We've been getting all of our classrooms ready and I just can't wait to actually have them in my room," teacher Carrie Denmark added.
And this year, teachers in Clay County had to prepare for changes. Students in kindergarten through second grade will have a new grading system. A through F grades will be no more. Instead, there will be grades with grades M, P and I.
"It gives the parents an idea of where they (their students) are on certain specifics," teacher Julie Chambers said.
"M" means a student has mastered the standards. "P" means the student is progressing and "I" means a student has made insufficient progress.
Superintendent of Clay County Charlie Van Zant said it was actually teachers who came up with the idea of new marks. He toldAction News he believes it will make a difference in students learning by the end of the year.
"These standards will better articulate to the parents what it is he needs help on in different divisions in a particular area," Van Zant said.
Students in St. Johns and Duval County return to school Aug. 19, 2013.