Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a standards-based report card?
A standards-based report card provides detailed information on how well your child is progressing towards mastery of year-end standards. In Lakeside, teachers continue to identify the standards taught and district expectations for each marking period to inform instruction and assessment. Standards’ expectations change from one marking period to the next as students move toward the end-of-the-year grade level expectations. Learners are scored on their progress made toward mastery of those expectations set forth for each marking period.
What examples of data do teachers use to assign grades?
With a standards-based approach, teachers evaluate student learning in a variety of ways using classroom observations and classwork, along with formative and summative assessments. The combination of these pieces of evidence, when reviewed with parents, provides a more detailed picture of student progress towards grade level expectations.
Is it possible for students to “drop” from one marking period to another?
It is important to note that the student does not necessarily drop a grade. The score is an indication of performance with expectations of difficulty that increases throughout the school year. In other words, the concepts increase in difficulty as the year progresses. Therefore, a student who demonstrates a score of “2” in the first trimester could earn a “1” in the second trimester when the rigor of the standard has been increased. This shift from a “2” to a “1” indicates the student understands the major elements of the concept but may need more development of the details or application and more teacher support.
How do I help my child “get a 3?”
Remember, a mark of “3” indicates that a student is meeting grade-level expectations with independence and excellence. With high and challenging expectations, a “3” is exactly where a competent student should be by the end of the school year.
What happens when students transfer to another elementary school outside the district or transition to the middle school?
The standards-based report card contains a legend with a definition for each code. Most districts have already transitioned to standards-based report cards and use similar performance codes. Lakeside has shared its new report card with CT English Middle School and, as always, transition discussions will take place later in the school year to help CT staff with scheduling and placement decisions.
What about private schools?
The private schools we’ve talked to prefer standards-based report cards as it provides very specific information around learning that are less subjective than traditional grades.
Where can I find more information about the Common Core State Standards?