Report cards in plain English: that's what New Zealand's Ministry of Education wants. This is part of a larger consultation about literacy and numeracy standards (here we go again).
We love the emphasis on plain English reporting, as detailed in another document from the Ministry:
From 25 May to 3 July 2009 the Ministry of Education is undertaking consultation, with the education sector, parents, family, whÄnau, community and iwi on the development of National Standards in literacy and numeracy (reading, writing and mathematics), and reporting to parents in plain English.[...]
The Ministry of Education is calling for proposals from individuals or organisations interested in providing services relating to the analysis and reporting of feedback received (either through the feedback forms or general submissions (in hard-copy or online)) during the consultation on National Standards in literacy and numeracy (reading, writing and mathematics) and reporting to parents in plain language.
So if you have an opinion, now's good. Like, sentences should be shorter than 58 words?
GETS (Government Electronic Tender Service) has the document for contractors.