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Letter from Mrs. Hutton about Report Cards

posted Dec 7, 2015, 6:27 AM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated Dec 7, 2015, 6:28 AM ]
December 7, 2015

Dear Center School Families:

 Since the adoption of the Common Core Standards, we continue to consider the manner in which we reflect student progress and achievement. As you may be aware, we began the process of revising our report card two years ago in an attempt to reflect the new standards. Report card revision is a very complex task, yet we had hoped to have it completed by now.  The present report card reflects a modified and simpler version from the prior report card, with a full understanding that revision is necessary.  We appreciate your patience and understanding of the ongoing process.

We trust the following information will assist you with understanding the report card, which your child will bring home today. 

With the exception of reading, there are no power skills for Grades 1 through 5 in the areas of Oral Language, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  Students will be receiving an overall “Achievement” grade for those subjects. The Achievement codes keys are printed on the report cards; however, the following information may be helpful to understand the grading system.

4 - Independent (K-2) /Advanced (3-5) The student independently and consistently demonstrates advanced understanding of grade level standards.  Performance is characterized by high quality work reflecting higher level thinking skills.   Performance is characterized by self-motivation and the ability to apply skills with consistent accuracy, independence, and a high level of quality.

3 - Proficient – Performance is characterized by applying the skills with accuracy and quality. The student demonstrates proficiency in concepts and skills.  Performance is characterized by the ability to apply skills and strategies with accuracy, quality and independence.

2 – Developing (K-2)/ Needs Improvement (3-5) – The student is developing proficiency in concepts and skills.  Performance is characterized by the ability to apply skills and strategies with varied consistency, quality and occasional support.  Performance is characterized by applying the skill with support.

1- Novice (K-2)/Warning (3-5) – The student has beginning understanding of basic concepts and skills.  Performance is characterized by the ability to apply skills and strategies with considerable support.  Performance is characterized by difficulty in applying skills.  More time and opportunity for learning is needed.

Please note that the grading system is not intended to be compared to letter grades.  The system measures the achievement and learning of an individual student in relation to the grade level standards.  Students are expected to be achieving grade level expectations at the end of each trimester.

It is important to remember that expectations for some standards change over time.  For example, a student receiving a 3 in “demonstrates inferential comprehension” in the first trimester might receive a 2 in the next trimester because the text he/she is reading becomes more complex. The reverse is also true.  A student in first grade might receive a 2 in “uses additional reading strategies” in the first trimester, but as he/she gains confidence and experience, demonstrates proficiency (3) in the next trimester.

Learning is a process.  Some concepts and skills are more challenging to master than others.  The report card should provide  you with valuable information on the areas of strength and on the areas that are developing for your child.  Your child’s ongoing progress  and efforts should be celebrated.

If you have questions regarding the report card, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or me.  It is important that we work together to ensure your child’s success.



Donna Hutton, Principal