You may view your child's report card online on PowerSchool starting now! I have asked our A-010ers to review their report cards with you and have a conversation with you about their progress. They may also show you some recent assignments in Google Classroom so that you can see what awesome work they've been doing! If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email me. Below I am pasting an email from Ms. Kenny that does a nice job explaining our standards-based grading system and what the different numbers mean...
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Report cards for students in grades 1 through 6 are now ready for you to review. The report card communicates your child’s progress toward mastering a wide array of standards. Please click here for directions for how to view your child’s report card.
The school district has aligned our curriculum to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and has clearly defined what concepts and skills students need to master at each grade level. The report card uses two scales, one for academic performance and the other for learner qualities and behavior/effort. The academic scale compares your child’s ability to the grade level expectations and uses the following reporting system:
A “4” indicates that a student consistently and independently demonstrates advanced understanding beyond the grade level benchmark. For some standards students will not be able to receive a 4 due to the nature of the standard. For example, a student cannot show an advanced understanding of counting to 120.
A “3+” indicates that student work sometimes demonstrates advanced understanding, or advanced understanding is demonstrated with support. The student performs above the grade level standards, but not all of the time and/or not independently.
A “3” indicates that student work consistently demonstrates proficient understanding of the grade level benchmark. It is the expectation that by the end of the school year, the majority of students will receive a 3 for most standards as this value denotes that students are performing at grade level.
A “2+” indicates that student work is close to demonstrating grade level standards, but may not be consistent or independent.
A “2” indicates that student work demonstrates progress towards understanding the grade level benchmark.
A “1” indicates that student work does not yet meet grade level benchmark.
The behavior/effort scale consists of the following four categories:
- C = Consistently
- U = Usually
- S = Sometimes
- R = Rarely
If a topic was not taught in a given term the report card will list a grade of “NA” or “Not Applicable.” Within a given grade level it is possible that some students in one classroom will receive a grade while students in another classroom will receive an NA. This happens because units of study can be taught at different times of the year.
We hope you find the progress report informative.
If you need assistance with access to PowerSchool, please call our Main Office Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Cleria Burnell, weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions.
Ms. Suzanne Kenny, M.S. Ed.