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Massachusetts school district to introduce revised report cards
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2012 16:04 PM

With new education standards comes the need for new ways of assessing students’ academic progress. As a result, the Foxborough Public Schools in Massachusetts will revamp their report cards so that they are compatible with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), according to Foxborough’s Patch website.

Massachusetts adopted the CCSS on July 21, 2010. As schools in the Foxborough district implement the new Standards, students can expect to gain a solid foundation in mathematical topics, such as whole numbers and decimals, early on in their academic careers, according to the CCSS’ website. With the knowledge they acquire at a young age, pupils will be more equipped to engage in hands-on learning experiences related to algebra, geometry and other subjects.

The Foxborough School Committee recently had a chance to see the district’s revised report card, the news source reported. Whereas teachers once assessed students’ ability to "count objects carefully," much more is expected of them now. For instance, they need to know how to count forward starting at any number, as well as compose and decompose numerals into tens and ones.

"We looked at what we were currently reporting on report cards and where we needed to be, and there was an immediate need to make some changes," Alison Mello, the district’s kindergarten through eighth grade math and science director, told the news outlet.