Baillie: Time for clearer, consistent report cards for parents, students and teachers

July 03, 2013 at 12:08 pm

HALIFAX, NS – A Jamie Baillie Progressive Conservative government will introduce clear, consistent report cards for Nova Scotia students.

With complaints arising from parents and teachers over impersonal confusing bureaucratic language used in report cards sent home with Nova Scotia students last week, Baillie said it’s finally time to fix the problem.

“Parents need to clearly understand how their children are performing,” said Baillie.  “The NDP Minister of Education needs to finally sit down with parents and educators to take decisive action on this longstanding problem.”

Last year, a PC Party task force on education recommended a new province-wide approach to report cards.  Irvine Carvery, the PC candidate for Halifax-Armdale and the former chair of the Halifax Regional School Board was an influential member of the task force that brought forward the recommendation for clearer reporting.

Baillie said he prefers a consistent letter grade and/or numerical based system of reporting with feedback, and would consult with parents and teachers on the best approach so a new plan is in place for the 2014-2015 academic year.

“We owe it to our children to find a better way to measure their performance in the classroom so they can reach as high as they can,” added Baillie.

Clearer, consistent report cards are an important part of PC Party leader Jamie Baillie’s plan to reinvest in students and their classroom education, rather than propping up the status quo.