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Standards-based report cards, or those that list core requirements for relevant grade levels and grade reporting periods, can help to improve student academic performance, and significantly so, by exemplifying to parents and magnifying to educators what particular areas students are not mastering and those that they are mastering…

Because blanket grading is less communicative, and schools do not typically provide information regarding what specific areas students can stand to improve, very often parents are left in the dark in terms of understanding this, without proactively querying their children’s instructors prior to progress and/or grade reporting periods and systematic parent-teacher conferencing…

Numerical grades should be utilized in lieu of blanket “Mastery” (M) and “Non-Mastery” (X) marks on standards-based report cards, however, to exemplify the level of mastery or non-mastery, or more specifically if and to what extent “Mastery” could stand improvement.

Standards-based report cards should be utilized in all grades, and not merely for early education students, considering that the need for readily pinpointing and rectifying areas of concern in student grading processes advances with time or each succeeding school year.

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