K-12 Assistant Principal
Report card time is rapidly approaching! So, it seems like the perfect time to remind/inform everyone about the standards based report cards adopted by CCS elementary teachers last year.
What is a standards-based report card?
A standards-based report card lists the most important skills students should learn in each subject at a particular grade level. For example, in writing, a second-grade report card might list these skills:
How are standards-based report cards different from traditional report cards?
On many traditional report cards, students received one grade for reading, one for math, one for science and so on. On a standards-based report card, each of these subject areas is divided into a list of skills and knowledge that students are responsible for learning. Students will receive a separate mark for each standard.
The marks on a standards-based report card are different from traditional grades. In the past, grades were often calculated by combining how well the student met his particular teacher's expectations, how he performed on assignments and tests, and how much effort the teacher believes he put in. This type of grading makes it difficult for parents to pinpoint skills their children have mastered, or need improvement on and whether they are working at grade level.
Why a standards-based report card?
Standards based report cards make the Common Core standards very clear to parents and students alike, allowing them to easily determine exactly what their students are expected to do at each grade level in order to be successful.
Standards based report cards benefit students, teachers and parents/guardians. Parents and students will be more aware of skills in need of improvement, and teachers and Academic Intervention Service (AIS) providers will be able to more easily target instruction to better address these needs.
Questions? Be sure to ask your child’s teacher during conferences!
The ultimate support system for students is an informed and supportive family. Parent conferences are coming up, and by asking the right questions, YOU can be that informed parent.
Edutopia presents 19 Questions Your Child’s Teacher Would (Probably) Love to Answer on their website. Here’s a few to get you started…
1. How is critical thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom?
2. How are assessments designed to promote learning rather than simple measurement?
3. What can I do to support literacy in my home?
4. Is there technology you would recommend to help support my child in self-directed learning?
5. How exactly is learning personalized in your classroom? In the school?
For more, check out the article on Edutopia’s website!