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FAQ: Elementary Report Cards


Frequently Asked Questions: Elementary Report Cards

What are standards-based report cards?

A standards-based report card describes a child’s learning based on district curricula and end-of-year grade-level expectations aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). Standards-based grading focuses on progress toward mastery of essential grade-level standards in each discipline.

What is the purpose of a standards-based progress report?

The purpose of this type of report card is to provide parents with a clear picture of their child’s achievement toward key grade-level content and performance targets. These targets, reflecting the student-learning standards adopted by New Jersey, have been identified as particularly important for students’ success as they continue through school. A standards-based report provides parents with accurate, consistent, meaningful, and supportive information about their child’s current learning.

What is the scoring rubric for this report card structure?

3 - Meeting Learning Standards: Student consistently demonstrates an understanding and application of knowledge and skills expected at this grade level.

2 - Approaching Learning Standards: Student demonstrates progress towards an understanding of the knowledge and skills expected at this grade level with teacher support.

1 - Not meeting Learning Standards: Student demonstrates limited or no progress towards an understanding of the knowledge and skills expected at this grade level even with extensive teacher support.

When a child earns a “Meeting Learning Standards/3,” they have consistently met that standard’s end of year expectations. Most students will be “Approaching/2” throughout the school year. This means they are on track to meeting end of year grade level expectations. A “2” is the expectation in Trimester 1 and 2.

How often will I receive a report card for my child?

Written progress reports will be distributed three times a year. This is in addition to two scheduled parent-teacher conferences. These five touch-points are intended to provide parents with information about their children’s growth over the course of the school year