I did notice, however, that the Globe and Mail picked up the topic and ran with it Thursday.
Perhaps the biggest change is that the new fall report card is now called a progress report card, and it does away with letter grades. Instead students will be rated as "progressing with difficulty," "progressing well" or "progressing very well."I've opined on this previously when the progress reports were first announced earlier this school year. I believe these reports can be as informative as a more traditional letter-grade report card, but the usefulness would largely depend on the teacher completing them and the parent reading them.
"Parents, teachers and the ministry all agreed that there might be a better way to report a student's progress after those first few weeks of school," said Minister of Education Leona Dombrowsky.
A common parent complaint was that there was little formal testing in the first weeks of the school year, and letter grades often didn't provide a complete or accurate depiction of how their child was adapting to the classroom.
"The new fall progress report card emphasizes a student's development and provides feedback to a parent on whether their child is progressing well or if they are having difficulty," said Ms. Dombrowsky. "It will also include teacher comments about a student's learning that are personalized, clear and meaningful."
They'll be in place for September 2010.