New report card grading system for PCSSD students

- LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Report cards go out Friday for the Pulaski County Special School District. New this year, leaders are implementing a different grading method using numbers instead of letters.

Dr. Linda Remele says the change is part of a strategy implementing the common core state standards curriculum.

"This is a pilot this year with the standards based report card. We are very interested in our teachers feedback and our parent feedback," said Remele.

So far parents, like Shannon Sullivan, react with optimism.

"It's something different. But what the teachers have explained to me, it's going to be based on a slightly different curriculum. I'll just have to try it out and see how it goes," said Sullivan.

A 1 or 2 means a student is not meeting expectations, a 3 means he or she is doing well, and a four says a student is above grade level.

"But our expectation and what we want parents to realize is that a 3 means they are on track and ready for the next step," said Remele.

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