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Spelling grade to return to elementary report cards

June 17, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION

The Washington County Board of Education has decided to include a grade for spelling on elementary report cards.

Spelling grades were on report cards in the past, but school officials several years ago decided to make the subject part of the writing grade.

Parents complained about the change, saying it did not give them enough information about how their children were doing in spelling, said school board member Doris J. Nipps.

The board agreed Tuesday night to list a separate grade for spelling, and to make other changes to elementary report cards.

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The new card will designate whether a student "understands spelling rules and patterns. "

Changes also were made for reading.

The new report card, which will be used next year, will indicate whether a student reads "on or above grade level" or "below grade level."

The additions were made because a grade in reading did not give a total picture of a student's performance, said Nipps.

Board member Andrew Humphreys said the changes are "steps in the right direction" for effective education in the county.

The board recently agreed that building students' reading skills will be its top priority.

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