Parents can have their say on student progress reports, including report cards, at an engagement session tonight.

Parents can have their say on student progress reports, including report cards, at an engagement session tonight.

Parents can have their say on report cards and progress reports

Parents in the Penticton area can hare their thoughts on student progress reporting.

Parents in the Penticton area can hare their thoughts on student progress reporting, including report cards.

The Ministry of Education is hosting an open house tonight (Feb. 21) to receive parent feedback on how they want to hear about how their child is doing in school. This is part of the three-year implementation of B.C.’s new curriculum, which is designed to get students ready to succeed in the changing world.

“I would like to encourage all parents to be active participants in their child’s education as we conduct these community meetings. Through meetings like these we are creating a reporting system that will provide parents with a better understanding of how their children are progressing and how to support them as they learn,” said Penticton MLA Dan Ashton.

Ministry staff and school district officials will be at the School District 67 office — IMC Building (425 Jermyn Ave.) for a conversation about the future of student progress reporting in kindergarten-to-Grade 9 classrooms.

Parents can drop in to the casual open house between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to share their ideas on how to make student reporting better and enjoy refreshments. Parents and interested community members can also learn more about B.C.’s new curriculum.

A brainstorming workshop will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., giving parents the opportunity to participate in small group sessions discussing their thoughts in greater detail.

While the public meeting will primarily be of interest to parents of Kindergarten to Grade 9 students, all British Columbians and community groups are welcome to attend.

Parents unable to attend the meeting can still learn about the process and share their thoughts online until Feb. 28, by visiting: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/yourkidsprogress

A summary report on what was heard during the engagement sessions will be produced and posted online in June 2017. There will be opportunities for parents to give input on progress reporting in grades 10 to 12 in the future.

Penticton Western News