School Committee Set To Vote
By: Alex Scofield
The Bourne School Committee will next week discuss a plan to hand out standards-based report cards to students at Bourne Middle School, rather than the traditional letter grade cards.
The curriculum subcommittee this week voted 2-1 in favor of moving the controversial issue to the full committee, with a recommendation the cards be passed out during this year’s fourth grading term.
Subcommittee member Quimby P. Mahoney voted against the recommendation, saying she would rather wait an entire year before instituting the new grading system.
Parents have criticized the new system, saying it is too vague and encourages mediocrity rather than academic excellence.
However, some teachers have said that they are excited about the new grading system, which they consider more responsive, and would rather implement it immediately, rather than wait a whole year.
The school committee will weigh in on the issue, and likely hear more feedback from teachers and parents, at their meeting on Wednesday, October 7, at 7 PM in the high school’s professional library.
See the full story in this week’s Enterprise.
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