With the conclusion of the first trimester at our elementary schools, report card conferences are upon us.
This year, you’ll notice that report cards are different than in years past. This is because we have moved to a Standards Based Report Card for kindergarten through fifth grade students. These report cards will provide information on a student’s growth and progress in attaining the learning expectations in each subject as defined by the NYS Next Generation Learning Standards.
Reporting student progress is an essential part of the communication and partnership between home and school. The standards-based report card gives us a tool to communicate to parents/guardians the progress that your child is making on the learning standards for each grade level.
“The greatest benefit is that we will more effectively communicate to parents/family members what their child is learning,” said Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services Dan Martinelli. “It is also a way to determine what a child may be struggling with so we can provide the proper academic intervention.”
This new way of communicating student progress will also ensure more consistency of expectations from teacher to teacher and elementary building to elementary building.
“It is our hope that standards-based report cards, together with teacher conferences, will provide a more comprehensive and meaningful lens for parents/family members to understand and support their child’s learning,” said Mr. Martinelli.
Elementary report card conferences will be held on December 8 and 13 at the elementary schools.
Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you better understand the new Standards Based Report Cards.
Here are examples of what the new report cards will look like.