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Massachusetts students receive Ps and Es under new grading system

FRIDAY, MARCH 09, 2012 17:12 PM

Thanks to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), parents in Reading, Massachusetts, who used to see As and Cs on their children’s report cards are now looking at Es and Ps, The Reading Advocate reported. This month, families will receive their second report card to feature this new grading system from the Reading Public Schools.

Letters that may appear on these report cards include B, P, M and E, according to the news source. Students who receive a B are beginning to develop a standard. The P grade signifies that they are progressing toward the point of mastering a standard. If an M appears, pupils have met a standard, while an E means they have exceeded a standard.

Patty de Garavilla, Reading’s assistant school superintendent, told the news outlet that parents and teachers were pleased with the new report cards, based on the results of a recent survey. Only 16 percent of parents completed the survey, but de Garavilla feels the responses are reflective of most parents' attitudes.

The Standards students will strive to master are aligned with college and work expectations and will provide them with appropriate benchmarks, according to the CCSS’ website.