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Dearborn Public Schools' report cards to feature numbers
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 09, 2012 16:25 PM

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are set to transform the ways instructors teach and students learn. As a result, it should come as no surprise that the report cards Dearborn Public Schools pupils receive will change to reflect the new approach to instruction.

When the parents of children attending the Michigan-based school district receive the new report cards, they should not expect to see any letters, the Dearborn Public Schools announced. That is because numbers one through four will now represent how well students are mastering particular Common Core State Standards.

If a student receives a one, he or she exceeds expectations. A two signifies that expectations are being met, a three translates to a pupil who is progressing and a four is reason for concern.

District officials did not arrive at the decision to change the report cards overnight. In fact, this transition was four months in the making, as Dearborn educators reviewed report cards from nine other school systems and discussed the new grading system in an elementary report card committee made up of more than 40 teachers and administrators.