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Elementary Report Cards

The district implemented new reporting procedures for students in kindergarten through grade three during the 2014-2015 school year.  The new report card was created by a committee comprised of parents, teachers, and administrators from all three elementary schools.  This group came together throughout the course of the 2013-2014 school year to review the old reporting procedures, create a new format and accompanying benchmarks, and alter the reporting periods.  Additionally, several teachers and students piloted the new instrument during the second half of the school year.  We received valuable feedback from all stakeholders involved in both the initial creation of the report card and the pilot and believe the new reporting procedures will provide more specific, valuable feedback to parents.

Some highlights of the changes include:

  • Standards-based reporting - In an effort to ensure even our youngest students are progressing toward college and career-readiness, we have fully aligned our report card with state and national standards.
  • Shift from four marking periods to three - The trimester format has become increasingly popular in many top school districts as the longer period between reports provides students with additional opportunities to demonstrate their progress toward rigorous standards.
  • Intermediary benchmarks - Benchmarks provide parents with a more-detailed explanation of the specific progress a student made during the trimester.
  • Number-based proficiency levels - A four-point numeric scale will replace the letters to make areas of strength and concern more easily identifiable.