Parents ‘Mixed’ on Changes to Student Reporting
Prince George, B.C. – The Ministry of Education held an open house at Prince George Secondary School last night to hear from parents regarding changes to student reporting which launched in September for kids in kindergarten to grade 9 classrooms.
Prince George District Parent Advisory Council president Gillian Burnett said she was “very excited” the ministry brought their provincial tour to town though she said parent reaction to student reporting has been “mixed” so far.
“Some people still don’t have a full grasp and understanding of what exactly has transpired,” she said. “So, you’re getting some really mixed responses to it. There are some very hostile people that can’t understand what the change involves and there are also those that are like, it’s about time.”
(In accordance with the new policy, the ministry says “boards must provide parents with a minimum of five reports describing students’ school progress. Reporting to parents should be timely and responsive throughout the year.”)
Burnett also said it would be great if more teachers made better use of technology in relaying information to parents.
“Technology is the vehicle that’s going to allow us to get the kind of progress that we want in a timely manner. Fresh Grade, any electronic app that allows you to get that up to date, timely information.”
Ministry spokesperson Gordon Li said the feedback they’ve received has been “very positive” and reinvigorating for teachers.
But he also acknowledged the change in reporting has been a big change for some.
“We used to do things using a very industrial model where you had these checked boxes and we’d move on. But what we’re understanding is there’s critical skills we haven’t assessed in the past, things like how do you work together as a team? How do you communicate in more than one way in a digital setting?” said Li.
“There are a number of things people are pointing out that are critical things that students need to have.”
If you missed last night’s session not to worry. You can provide your feedback by hitting this link and filling out your thoughts. The deadline to participate is Feb. 28 by 4 p.m.
The ministry will post the results online in June.