1. Washington Post — French President François Hollande has said he will end homework as part of a series of reforms to overhaul the country’s education system. Reason? He doesn’t think it is fair that some kids get help from their parents at home while children who come from disadvantaged families don’t. It’s an issue that goes well beyond France, and has been part of the reason that some Americans oppose homework too.
2. Maryland Community News — “Elementary students’ honor roll status will soon be a thing of the past in Montgomery County (MD). Reason? Students will no longer see A, B, C, D or E, but rather ES for exceptional, P for proficient, I for in-progress, N for not-yet making progress or making minimal progress, or M for missing data. There will be no more traditional honor roll at schools.”
“The new grades do not correlate with the traditional grades — they will not be based on percentages, and they are more focused on seeing that kids understand and can conceptualize material, rather than if they can answer test questions correctly.”
“There will no longer be a space for teachers to provide comments on student progress — something that parents fought for when the school system was testing the new report cards in schools.”