Family Guide: K-5 Progress Report
Pennsylvania has created standards for each subject area that indicate what students should be able to know and do at each grade level. As we review and revise curriculum, these standards are included as we define what students should be able to know, do, and understand within our SCASD curriculum. This progress report has been revised to reflect current SCASD standards, and will continue to be refined as curriculum is revised.
Progress ReportThe purpose of this progress report is to communicate with families and students about the achievement of grade level expectations: how well students have met established learning goals, highlight successes, and guide improvements. The progress report is not meant to be a summary of grade level curriculum but rather a snapshot of how well a student is achieving in relation to broad subject standards. Specific K-5 curriculum scope and sequence charts are available on our website. In addition, conferences are scheduled in the fall and spring around student goals.
This progress report indicates achievement of grade level SCASD standards for each content area as well as the effort a student demonstrates throughout the learning process. Reporting effort separately helps clarify the learning that has occurred in relation to the grade level expectations.
As with all learning, students achieve success at different rates and in different ways. The goal for all students is to reach all end of year standards. Teachers provide several levels of differentiation in order to support students and scaffold instruction through differentiation.
- Content - presentation of what is taught
- Process - how teachers teach
- Product - what students complete/do
- Affect - consideration of emotional needs
According to students’...
- Readiness - when students are ready for what is next
- Interests - consideration of students’ interest
- Learning Profile - consideration of how students learn.
Measurement of Progress
This progress report uses achievement indicators to explain a student’s progress toward meeting grade level standards. The column to the right offers a detailed explanation of what each indicator means. Students may also receive an NCE mark to indicate that the curriculum related to a particular standard is not currently emphasized or assessed during the marking period. Students working on alternate goals may receive an AG indicating the student is working on alternate goals with a support teacher.
Given the information about student progress in relation to standards, grades are no longer needed to communicate student progress. Families will learn about their child’s progress in relation to grade level expectations.
Exceeding grade level expectations for this time of year - A student scoring at this level uses and applies knowledge in ways that demonstrate advanced understanding of the concepts, content, and skills in a subject. This level indicates excellent work at grade level, with some above grade level differentiation provided.
Meeting grade level expectations for this time of year - A student scoring at this level demonstrates understanding of grade level concepts, content, and skills in a subject. This level indicates strong, excellent work at grade level.
Approaching grade level expectations for this time of year - A student scoring at this level has not yet met the standard but is progressing toward learning grade level concepts, content, and skills. This level indicates on-going support is needed through some differentiation.
Not yet meeting grade level expectations for this time of year - A student scoring at this level is not currently meeting the grade level expectations and there is inconsistent understanding and application of concepts, content, and skills. This level indicates significant differentiation is provided.
Characteristics of a Successful Learner
The purpose of this section is to provide information regarding students’ life-long learning skills. The characteristics of a successful learner section includes statements that address the following:
- Respectful Citizen - This section focuses on how a student functions in a school community.
- Responsible Learner - This section focuses on skills needed to be a life-long learner.
- Student Effort - This section is included for each core subject and it focuses on how hard students are trying and persevering. Students are observed and rated in comparison to themselves. Reporting effort separately helps clarify the learning that has occurred in relation to the grade level expectations. Each subject is reported separately because effort may vary across subjects.
These important characteristics will be reported using these levels:
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How Can I Support My Child?
● Read a combination of fiction and nonfiction texts aloud with your child.
● Have fun with reading as a family - read a book together, create a what’s next reading list, carry something to read everywhere.
● Talk with your child and have him/her explain things.
● Encourage writing at home - a thank you note to grandparents, a letter to a friend.
● Help your child master basic math facts.
● Discuss and do real life math with your child - which is a better bargain while grocery shopping.
● Encourage a good work ethic and perseverance.
● Support and expect independence - getting materials in backpack the night before, remembering sneakers on Phys Ed days, etc.
● Discuss progress report with your child.Link to brochure version of the above information.*Some content adapted from Parkland School District.