Frequently Asked Questions - Grading & Reporting
Q: Do you report progress by learning targets for all subject areas?
A: At this time, progress by learning target is reported for Reading, Writing and Math.
Q: Will we get progress reports on Social Studies, Science, Art, Music, Physical Education, Citizenship, and Work Habits?
A: Yes, reports on your child's progress in these subject areas will be provided in the summative report card shared with parents at the end of each semester.
Q: What is a learning target?
A: A learning target defines what the student should know or be able to do. It is written in "kid friendly" terms so that parents, and most importantly, students understand what they are learning.
Q: Will all teachers be reporting on student progress at the same time?
A: No, teachers will report on the learning targets when they have completed a unit and have assessed their students on specific learning targets. However, all teachers will report at the conculsion of each semester.
Q: How will parents get a full picture of their child's progress?
A: At the end of each semester, there will be a summative report card. If you are concerned about your child's progress, please contact your child's teacher.
Q: Why would my child's proficiency level change for the same learning target?
A: Proficiency levels can change after new opportunities for learning and reassessment occur. At times, proficiency levels may fluctuate because the complexity of the text or task increases, your child exhibits growth, or your child is challenged by a more rigorous learning target.
Q: Why is S not seen very often?
A: S is used when a target is seen consistent in multiple applications over time. Having a target secure on one assessment does not necessarily mean that the skill is consistent in other applications. Students who receive an S for a target not only demonstrate proficiency with the target itself, but are also able to explain their thinking both orally and in writing, support their thinking with evidence or models, make connections within and across targets, and have a deep enough understanding that they would be able to teach others.
Q: Why are there comments on some targets and not on others?
A: Comments are entered when a student is at a B or D on a target so that parents can know and possibly help with moving that skill along. There will not necessarily be comments entered for P or S.
Frequently Asked Questions - Seesaw
Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio. Teachers can empower students to create, reflect, share, and collaborate. Students “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. It’s simple to get student work in one place and share with families, and nothing is shared without teacher approval.
- Please do not turn off notifications. This is the direct communication method from your child’s classroom.
- Recommended notification setting: Once per day.
- On- means you will get notified for every post.
- Off- means you will not receive notifications and you would need to login to Seesaw to check.
- Your Family Account Settings is usually on the upper left, under your name (wheel/gear icon)
Follow these instructions to add your child's new journal to your existing account. You can also follow these instructions to add another child to your account.
With the QR Code (On iOS, Android, Chrome or Firefox):
- Sign in to your family account.
- Tap your profile icon (top left).
- Tap “+ Add Journal”.
- Scan the QR code on the handout from your child's teacher.
With a link:
- Follow the email link or type in the URL on the handout from your child's teacher.
- Choose your child from the class list.
- On the signup screen, click the "Sign in" tab at the top instead of creating a new account.
- Sign in to your existing account and click the “Register for Updates” button.
- The teacher will need to approve your access. Once you have access, you can tap the Menu button to switch between journals.
Can my Family Account add pictures to our child’s journal?
No, family accounts can add comments via text or voice
You can message your child’s teacher once he or she has sent you a message. Family members are not currently able to message teachers before the teacher has sent the first message.
How do I ask Seesaw a technical question?
"Ask a Question" allows any user to ask a technical support question regarding any issues you may have that cannot be answered on the Seesaw Family website: help.seesaw.me