ABU DHABI // Public school pupils in the capital will be taking home report cards that assess more than just their grades this year.
The Abu Dhabi Education Authority announced yesterday that students up to Grade 3 would be evaluated by a system that included an assessment of their overall development.
The new report cards will tell parents how their children are developing their social, emotional, creative, resourceful and technological skills - along with their academic performance and their attitude to learning.
Students will also be graded on IT, Art, Music, Health and Physical Education, and their attendance will also be on record.
The report cards replace the end of term grade sheet, which only listed academic grades.
Mohammad Salem al Dhaheri, the authority's executive director of school operations, said the new term reports would make it easier to follow up pupils' achievements. "The new expanded assessment of student performance and skills enables educators and stakeholders to identify points of strength, and weaknesses," said Mr al Dhaheri.
"It will help us develop the appropriate programmes aiming to improve educational, behavioural and learning outcomes."