Because the Investigations curriculum is being adopted district-wide, I'm expecting many changes to occur in the report cards in the Milwaukee Public Schools. However, since each school in our district is allowed to develop their own report card, it will be interesting to see what develops. Lois' school seems well on the way with portfolio assessment and the grades she mentioned (secure, developing, etc). It is more difficult, but not impossible, to resolve the work our students do with a letter grade, but what if I have a 5th grade student who is still at a level of making tally marks and counting up to combine numbers. Maybe the child can communicate his/her strategy well, and s/he is using a strategy that will result in a correct solution, but it takes several minutes to find the solution to 87+33? What letter grade should be attached to that child's progress? This will engender much discussion across our district in the coming school year. We will have to come to some consensus regarding grades because we still have a very high mobility rate, and as children move from school to school, we will have to communicate with other teachers.