A closer look at MCPS’ new report cards


Just several years since Montgomery County Public Schools switched to a standards-based grading system called the ES-PIN model at the elementary level, MCPS is reverting back to its old ways.

In grades 2-5, students will receive A’s, B’s, C’s or D’s on their report card.

This change comes after the district received consistent negative feedback from parents saying the ES PIN model was too broad.

One parent told WDVM her daughter received 80 P’s out of only 84 areas for grading.

School officials say the traditional system (with A’s, B’s, C’s, and D’s) is more parent-friendly and will help students understand their report cards better as they move between schools.

“[The] ES grade, the highest grade on the old report card, was very difficult for teachers and parents to understand and define,” said Niki Hazel, director of the Department of Elementary Curriculum and Districtwide Programs. “Basically, a lot of students were just getting P’s on their report card.”

Kindergarten and first-grade students will be evaluated using the PIN model, which stands for proficient, in progress, and not yet making progress or making minimal progress.

For more details on the new report cards, click here.

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