Ruth Rosenfield, the president of Montreal Teachers Association (MTA), notes that the education reform, which began 10 years ago in Quebec, created confusion with regard to evaluating students.
Instead of basing grades on knowledge, i.e. how much or how little a student could demonstrate he
had learned over the year, teachers were expected to evaluate "competencies" (focused more on how students used certain skills in their learning).
says many teachers found grading competencies difficult and the report cards often left parents unsure about what their children were learning in school.
is concerned that teachers will not have enough time to be properly trained before they must meet their first report card deadline on November 20.
is also concerned that report cards do not carry the same weight in terms of how they count towards a student's final grade.
The first and second report cards will be worth 20 per cent each, while the third one is worth 60 per cent of the final grade.
She says that this is not necessarily a problem in the elementary-school years, but in high school, students may not work as hard in the first two terms because the grades are worth less.