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.