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Statement from Bruce McAllister on Decision to Eliminate Letter, Percentage Grades in Calgary Schools

EDMONTON, AB (May 8, 2014): Today, Wildrose Education Critic Bruce McAllister released the following statement about the decision to remove letter grades and percentage grades from Calgary public schools.

“I am very disappointed that the PC government is pushing school boards to change assessment practices in order to line up with Alberta Education’s plan to change everything in our schools.

“This will do away with letter grades and percentages in schools all the way up to Grade 9. While you can justify this type of grading at the primary level, it has been repeatedly made clear that parents and students want a clear and detailed report card to prepare them for high school, university and the work force.

“Sadly, past evidence shows local schools boards like Battle River have been pushed by the government to make this change, even though it went against the will of people in the community. Time and time again we’ve seen parents and students stand up to modern assessment fads like the ‘no zero’ policy.

“Wildrose supports local school board autonomy and wants to ensure local boards are empowered to make decisions that reflect the wills and needs of parents, teachers and students in their community, not the government.

“Alberta’s education system has been the envy of the country and the world for a long time. The PC government should not be following the latest educational fads.”