A surprise for parents who were upset for the potential ousting of letter grades for report cards: change is coming after all.
The Calgary Board of Education says they want to streamline a new sliding scale of evaluation that gives kids a number from one to four. Officials say it will be a slow process, but their ultimate goal is consistency across the board.
Dennis Parsons, Superintendent of Learning Services, says they heard from parents and students that percentages like 79 or 82 didn’t provide enough information as to how kids were doing. The new report cards will have extra comments and how students lineup with provincial expectations.
“That’s going to be at least a minimum of two times a year,” Parsons says. “Some schools may, based on reasons within their community, go more than two.”
The 2014-15 plans for K-9 assessment and reporting include the following:
– There will be two formal report cards sent home during the year.
– The first will be sent home early December to end of January.
– The second will be sent home in June.
There are no plans on changing how they assess grades 10 – 12.