Standards-based Report Cards

Why are report cards changing?

 Reports are changing to give parents and students detailed information on progress toward mastery of specific grade level or content standards.

 What’s changing on report cards?

 Instead of letter grades, parents and students will receive a report showing progress toward mastery of a specific standard. Progress will be reported based on a  proficiency scale.

 How does a proficiency level score differ from a traditional letter grade?

Traditional letter grades generally show how well a student is doing compared to his or her classmates and can reflect averages of work done over the year and extra credit. Proficiency reporting reflects a student’s individual progress toward learning specific knowledge and skills as related to a specific standard.

On our websites are blank report cards for each grade level that show the specific standards taught and assessed.

How is a student’s proficiency level determined?

Teachers check students' progress toward mastery of standards frequently. Teachers collect evidence of learning in many ways including:

Work samples

¨ Asking questions/discussion

¨ Results from  informal and formal assessments

¨ Classroom assignments, activities, projects, practice

¨ And other evidence of learning

How can parents use this to help their child?

Standards-based report cards provide detailed information about a child’s progress.

Parents will be able to see their child’s academic strengths and areas that are challenging.

By using these clearly defined standards, teachers and parents can work together to ensure success for their students.

 During parent-teacher conferences,

 ¨ Ask to see samples of your child’s work  and discuss with the teacher the level of progress toward mastery of the standard

¨ Ask how you can support your child in his/her learning