Statement By Education Minister Kathleen Wynne On New Fall Progress Report Card
For years, educators and parents have agreed that six to eight weeks into the school year was too early to grade students. And during the past two years, education experts have been looking at ways to improve reporting to parents.
The fall Progress Report Card will facilitate better communication among parents, teachers and students by assessing students early in the school year in a new format. It will evaluate students in the same areas as the report card but instead of assigning a grade or mark, it will indicate how a student is progressing -- very well, well or with difficulty.
We know that parents want clear and understandable information about how their child is doing early in the school year. And this new Progress Report Card means that parents and teachers can work together to help children better succeed in school.
This Progress Report Card is mandatory and counts towards the student's overall assessment. It is also essential in making the fall parent-teacher interview more meaningful and relevant.
The new Progress Report Card has been tested in pilot projects in 60 schools and nine school boards. The results of these pilots have confirmed that a redesigned fall Progress Report Card will benefit students, parents, teachers and principals.The Progress Report Card will be introduced in the 2010-11 school year. More information is available on the ministry's website.