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For Immediate Release — August 21, 2008 | HQ
: DoDEA Educational Communications Officer | (703) 588-3260
: DoDEA Educational Communications Officer | (703) 588-3265

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — August 21, 2008 — A new Standardized Report Card for School Year 2008-2009 will be introduced for Grades 4, 5, and 6 in Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) in Europe and the Pacific as part of DoDEA's ongoing effort to align educational programs at all schools throughout the system.

A similar report card was adopted for Grades 4, 5, and 6 in the Defense Dependents Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) in 2006 and this year, the initiative was expanded to DoDDS schools. Sixth graders who attend middle schools will not use the new report card.

The new report card is an electronic report card that allows parents to view the DoDEA curricular standards to see how their child's performance aligns with meeting grade level standards. The Standardized 4-6 Report Card features sections on Student Achievement, Student Performance, Learning Skills, Attendance and Tardiness, and Overall Comments.

The new report card reflects common expectations for student achievement of DoDEA standards and more accurately reports results of standards-based instruction and assessment in the classroom. Using the new report card, parents will be better able to monitor their child's progress by using performance and achievement grades given in each subject area throughout the year.

"The report card, combined with frequent communication between teachers and parents enhances understanding of how educational needs can best be supported at school and at home," said DoDEA's Chief of Curriculum, Dr. Marc Mossburg.

A summary of grade-level appropriate standards is posted on the back of each student's report card. A listing of complete grade-level standards for each curriculum area is posted on the DoDEA website. Classroom teachers also have copies of the content standards.

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages the education programs for Department of Defense dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA consists of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools located overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools located in the United States and its territories and possessions. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

DoDEA HQ Office of Communications

4800 Mark Center Dr.
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400

The DoDEA Communications Office initiates and manages DoDEA's communications and outreach efforts worldwide. The office coordinates press relations, internal information programs and communication with students, parents, teachers, school administrators and the public.

The HQ Communications Office:

Issues news releases and media advisories about DoDEA initiatives, employees and programs Produces video and television promotional and informational products marketed worldwide Maintains the DoDEA web site Designs printed promotional and informational material and graphic artwork to accompany publications, promotions and initiatives

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