K-6 Standards-Based Report Card
What is a standards-based report card?
A standards-based report card identifies the most important skills and knowledge for each subject at a particular grade level. Student progress toward meeting these content and progress standards is recorded according to the descriptors on the grade level appropriate Benchmark Rubric (described later in this brochure).
Why switch to a standards-based report card?
Unlike a traditional report card and grades, a standards-based report card provides specific information about a student’s learning, specifically which skills a student has mastered and which require additional time. This form of reporting to parents offers an explanation of exactly where a student is currently performing.
How often will report cards be distributed?
Our new standards-based report card is based on three reporting periods referred to as trimesters: December, March, and June. Implementing a trimester reporting structure allows students more time between report cards to work with standards and to learn and grow academically. Although formal report cards will now be sent three times a year, it is important that parents maintain awareness and understanding of their student’s performance. It is the expectation of the district that teachers will keep parents informed of performance in between formal report card periods.
How do teachers determine student proficiency?
Teachers determine the proficiency level a student has reached by using the Benchmark Rubric for the grade level. This rubric outlines exactly what a student needs to know or be able to do. Throughout the trimester teachers assess students using a variety of tools including performance tasks, tests, portfolio assessments, and conferring notes. This information allows the teacher to develop an understanding of where a student is performing.
What are the proficiency levels on the report card?
The Benchmark Rubric for each grade represents four levels of proficiency to describe a student’s performance and learning. These categories are:
E – Exceeds standard means the student extends key concepts, processes, and skills; this student consistently works beyond stated grade level benchmarks, shows initiative, challenges him/herself and demonstrates advanced knowledge every day at school. This level is difficult to reach and indicates unusually high achievement.
M – Meets standard means the student consistently grasps and applies key concepts, processes, and skills; this student successfully meets stated grade level benchmarks and is on track with our high academic standards. This is the level we are working to help all students reach.
A – Approaches standard means the student is beginning to grasp and apply key concepts, processes, and skills; this indicates the student is progressing towards stated benchmarks but still needs additional time to practice the concept or skill.
N – Needs support means the student is not yet grasping key concepts, processes, and essential skills; this is an area of concern that requires support; interventions may be needed to stay on track with grade level expectations.
The Benchmark Rubrics are available to parents and students as it is important that everyone understands exactly what students at the grade level are expected to know and do. Copies of the new report cards and rubrics are available through the links on the right side of this page. Paper copies are available upon request at your school’s main office.