As school registration begins this week, officials in the Bethalto School District are also preparing to give parents information about the recent changes made to report cards for students in kindergarten through the fifth grades. The school board approved changing the report cards from letter based to a more analytic performance based model during their meeting in June and administrators will spend some time explaining what those changes look like.

Bethalto School District Curriculum Director Jill Griffin says the district is following the recommendation of the state.

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Under the new system, the report card will feature several areas under each subject with each being given a numerical value ranging from 1 to 3 to indicate the student's progress in that specific area.  For example, in math, a student could receive a 3 in addition and subtraction but only get a 2 in multiplication, which would indicate the student may need a little more help in that area.  Griffin says the new report cards will reflect "learning rather than earning" and that they will provide parents with more meaningful information than just a letter grade.

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