Some CMS report cards delayed while grades are tallied

Six weeks after school ended, Mary Jo Shepherd is waiting to see her kids’ report cards from Myers Park High.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools says the holdup comes from the process for grading state exams that include written responses – part of a push to create more meaningful tests than the old multiple-choice version.

State exams count for 20 percent of a student’s grade in some courses. Those with written answers were sent to a vendor hired by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction for scoring and returned to the state at the end of June, said CMS spokeswoman Renee McCoy.

The state has distributed those scores to schools, but an unspecified number of CMS schools haven’t finished tallying the grades and mailing report cards. That should be finished “within a week,” McCoy said Tuesday.

“It is my understanding that this event did not affect any class of 2015 graduated CMS seniors, only underclassmen,” she said.

Shepherd called it “ridiculous” to wait so long, especially since the online PowerSchool system for checking students’ work has shut down for the summer.

“Students are left with zero feedback or results from all their hard work for the school year,” she said. “If there is a problem at the very least some communication about the issue and an explanation is due.”

Ann Doss Helms: 704-358-5033, @anndosshelms