GRAFTON, Mass. — Grafton High students will see a new and improved report card in a pilot program beginning in the third quarter.
The school committee Monday night gave its final feedback on the revamped report card design that will still offer the standard letter grade but will include an expanded section for teacher comments and a chart showing how the student is progressing in the school's overall "learning expectations."
School administrators hope the new report cards will give parents more information on their child's progress.
It took several meetings and redesigns between Principal James Pignataro and his staff before they created a report card the committee liked.
"This is a really good draft," said member Terri Turgeon. "It's simpler and smaller."
In a mockup report card presented in the meeting, to the right of the letter grade and teacher comments is a grid that shows how the student is progressing in a series of eight expectations, including reading, writing and using critical thinking.
For example, in a physics class, a student might perform "proficiently" in speaking effectively but might "need improvement" in enhancing his or her knowledge and skills with technology.
Pignataro said he would like to roll out the new system in the third quarter with a pilot program that would solicit parent and student feedback before a schoolwide launch.
"We want parents to know first and foremost why we are doing this," he said.
The committee will vote on the new design Jan. 14.