STANDARDS BASED REPORT CARDS

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STANDARDS BASED REPORT CARDS:

For many years, we have used standards based report cards in grades K-8. In the fall of 2013 we rolled out a revision to our existing standards based report card. This revised report card better reflects the common core state standards for ELA and mathematics. It also improved the synchronization with our adopted curriculum in ELA, math, science and social studies. Finally, it provided an opportunity for us to change the marking scale to reflect a 5 point performance level descriptor. This work continues to support better communicating grade-level expectations for student learning. 

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Kindergarten

Report Card

What is a standards based report card and why does Middletown Public Schools use them?

Middletown Public Schools provides grade reports in grades K – 8 each trimester. These grade reports are standards-based report cards. A standards-based report card lists the most important skills students should learn in each subject at a particular grade level. For example, in math, a first-grade report card might list these skills: number and operations, patterns, functions and algebra, geometry and spatial sense, measurement, and data analysis, statistics and probability.

Instead of letter grades, students receive marks that show how well they have mastered the skills. The marks might show whether the student is consistently beyond grade level expectations, meeting, showing progress but not meeting or showing little or no progress. Students usually get separate marks for effort and work habits, also called learner qualities. These are important for parents to keep tabs on even if these characteristics aren't included in the assessment of the student's academic skills.

On many traditional report cards, students receive 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 receive a separate mark for each standard.

The marks on a standards-based report card are different from traditional letter grades. Letter grades are 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. Letter grades do not tell parents which skills their children have mastered or whether they are working at grade level. Because one fourth-grade teacher might be reviewing reading out loud accurately, while another is teaching reading for comprehension, getting an A in each of these classes would mean very different things. The parent of a child in these classes would not know if the child were learning what he should be to meet the state grade level expectations (standards).

Standards-based report cards should provide more consistency between teachers than traditional report cards, because all students are evaluated on the same grade-appropriate skills. Parents can see exactly which skills and knowledge their children have learned.

Performance Levels for Core Content, Co-Curricular Areas

5 = Distinguished Command

4 = Strong Command (Secure)

3 = Moderate Command (Developing)

2 = Partial Command (Beginning)

1 = Little or No Command

*= Needs Improvement