No Interim Progress Reports for 2013-2014 School Year

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Many students were indifferent to the decision to discontinue IPRs for the 2013-2014 school year.

Ellie Gavin, Staff Writer

On Monday April 1, Staples Principal John Dodig announced there will not be Interim Progress Reports sent home to Westport students starting for the 2013-2014 school year.

Since the second semester of the current school year marks the transition period for all teachers to post their class’s grades on the Home Access Center, which gives parents and students live access to their grades, the administration felt there was no longer a need to send home an official progress report. Principal Dodig also mentioned that this would benefit teachers by saving them time.

“ IPRs are not only redundant, but the information is obsolete,” Dodig said. “From the date we establish for the end of the IPR period until the date that they become available to parents and students, more than a week has gone by. During that time, things often change.”

Most Staples students who were asked said they didn’t care much about IPR’s being eliminated because grades are so easily available to them anyway. However, some still had some disappointment. Charlotte Tyminski ’14 said. “Well, my dream of ‘sparkling like a gem’ is officially dead.”

Dodig also hinted that there might be discussion about possibly going one step further by considering whether or not report cards are necessary. Although there is no plan to do away with them at this time, the issue raises discussion.