What is a standards-based report card?
A standards-based report card lists the most important content and skills students should learn in each subject at a particular grade level. Instead of letter grades, students receive indicators that show how well they have mastered the content and skills.
On many traditional report cards, students receive one letter grade for each subject area. Letter grades are often calculated by averaging students’ grades on assignments and tests. The scale of learning on a standards-based report card is different from traditional letter grades. Letter grades do not tell parents which content and skills their children have mastered or whether they are working at grade level.
Standards-based report cards are meant to foster consistent grading practices, align to content standards, and provide more depth of information to parents. Students are evaluated and assessed on the same grade-level expectations and parents can see the specific skills/content their child has learned.
How to read a standards-based report card?
The report card allows teachers to accurately communicate a student’s progress towards meeting content standards at specific points in the school year. It identifies student’s levels of progress with regard to those standards, areas of strengths, and areas where additional time and effort are needed to meet expectations at that point in time in the school year. Rubrics have been developed in ELA and Math for each trimester. The purpose of the rubrics are to assist students and parents in understanding what the specific learning expectations are at each grade level in each content area. These learning expectations will change as the school year progresses and more content/standards are introduced.
How do I access my child’s report card?
Log into the Genesis Parent Portal and navigate to the Grading tab where you will find a link to your child’s Report Card document.
If you have any technical issues, please email Lisa Quackenboss at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the content of your child's report card, please contact your child's teacher.
How do I access the rubrics?
The report card rubric links are posted along the left side of this webpage.
Who do I talk to if I have a question about my child’s grade?
The classroom teacher uses various sources of information to assess student’s mastery of grade level content/skills. Questions regarding your child’s grade or progress are best answered by the classroom teacher as they will be able to share work samples, grade level expectations and assessments used to monitor progress.
What is the scale of learning?
Exceeds Learning Expectations
Possesses an advance understanding and application of essential skills and concepts
Meets Learning Standards
Demonstrates proficiency on essential skills and concepts
Partially meets Learning Standard
Demonstrates partial proficiency in essential skills and concepts
Area of Concern
Not meeting grade level expectationsWhat are Habits of Mind?
Habits of Mind are characteristics of what intelligent people do to problem solve and how they respond when they don’t know the answer. Research on effective thinking, successful people, and intelligent behavior has shown that these habits contribute to students’ success or failure in mastering standards.
Sticking to task at hand
Follow through to completion
Can and do remain focused
Take time to consider options
Think before speaking or acting
Remain calm when stressed or challenged
Thoughtful and considerate of others
Listening with Understanding and Empathy
Pay attention to/don’t dismiss another person’s thoughts, feelings, and ideas
Try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes
Tell others when you can relate to what they’re expressing
Hold thoughts at a distance in order to respect another person’s point of view and feelings
Remaining Open to Continuous Learning
Open to new experiences to learn from
Proud and humble enough to admit when you don’t know
Welcome new information on all subjects
Willing to work with others
Welcome others’ input and perspective
Abide by the decisions the group makes even if you disagree somewhat
Willing to learn from others in reciprocal situations