The State of California has identified essential skills that every child should master in order to be promoted. Evidence of mastery of these essential skills is based on multiple assessments including tests given in the classroom as well as other objective data. Elementary students in the district receive standards-based report cards in grades 2 through 5.
This report card format represents the increased responsibility we all share for making sure every child has the essential skills needed to be successful at the next grade level. Teachers review a child's progress towards standards as well as the report card at parent conferences held in the fall. Our goal is to work together as a team so that each child can and will succeed. Parents who have questions regarding their child's progress are encouraged to discuss their questions with teachers at parent conferences and/or as needed throughout the year. Contact information for teachers is available by going to the Staff Directory on the school websites link.
Based on the child's performance, one of the following scores will be given:
It is not unusual for a child to receive several 2's on the first and second trimester report card, since a score of 3 indicates a mastery level which is usually attained towards the end of the school year.
Overall growth and effort grades are also given in kindergarten through grade three. At the first trimester, a child may receive several 2's on the standards portion of the report card. A growth grade of S (satisfactory) or an E (excellent), shows the child is making the progress necessary to master the standards by the end of the year.
All classroom activities (homework, tests, projects, book reports, effort, class work, extra credit assignments, etc.) are taken into consideration when assigning the effort grade.
Academic achievement and effort grades are also given in the fourth and fifth grades. These indicators are intended to distinguish honor roll students as well as to prepare both students and parents for transition to the middle school grading format.