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Merrimack Valley

January 2, 2013

School chief vows more clarity on grading plan

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Parents will have the opportunity at that time to ask questions about the grading system and learn how it works.

Thomas Holland, who spoke out against the new system and criticized the administration for not communicating about it effectively, urged parents to attend the Thursday night forum.

“Parents have to be there to understand it,” he said. “We need to get parents on board.”

Holland said he agrees with Hutchinson that students need to be challenged more.

“Everybody has gone into this with good intentions,” he said. The communication, however, needs to improve, he added.

School Committee member Christine Allen said she is confident parents will be able to get their questions answered at Thursday night’s session. A newsletter sent to parents by Hutchinson answers many questions, Allen said.

She also noted the superintendent has proposed temporarily having a dual grading system, in which students would receive both traditional letter grades and the new standards-based marks.

“I hope that a lot of people come (to Thursday night’s meeting),” Allen said.

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