No Letter Grades For Students at up to 50 Local Schools

Kids will not be seeing ABC on their report cards at more schools in Metro Vancouver.

As a pilot project expands in Surrey, up to 30 schools in that city will join 20 in Maple Ridge in erasing letter grades in Grades 4 to 7 in favour of more detailed, descriptive information about students’ work, meetings with parents and ongoing feedback meant to help kids do better.

It’s an experiment being watched closely by other school districts and many parents.

The Surrey School District says there is little evidence that letter grades improve student learning or motivation.

One of the goals of the new report card is to describe a student’s progress and performance in clear language.