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New plain language school reports debut this week

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Parents will get their first peek at the province’s new mandated plain language school report cards this week.

Education Minister Nancy Allan said the new report cards will provide a comprehensive look at a student’s progress.

"We know that children do better in school when their parents are full partners in their education. The new report card is a communication tool that gives parents consistent, clear information about how well their children are learning, what steps students can take to improve and what parents can do to help," said Allan.

There are three report card formats - one for grades 1 to 6, one for grades 7 and 8 and one for grades 9 to 12.

In addition to information about academic achievement, the new report card features information about students' learning behaviours, so parents can learn of their children's effort and attitude in class. The new high school report card (grades 9 to 12) contains a completion of requirements for graduation chart, showing the student's progress toward graduation.

In developing the new report card, the province said it consulted broadly with education partners and formed an oversight committee comprised of the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils, Manitoba School Boards Association, Manitoba Association of School Board Officials, Manitoba Teachers' Society and Manitoba Association of School Superintendents.

After piloting the new report card during the 2011-12 school year, the province gave school divisions the option of implementing it in 2012-13.

Allan said divisions overwhelmingly embraced the new report card, with 485 schools in 35 school division introducing it. Implementation of the new report card is mandatory in all public schools starting in September 2013.

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