• Grafton Public Schools

    Report Card Revision Introduction

     

    December 4, 2023

    Dear Families of Grade K-5 Students,

    We are excited to share some important updates regarding our commitment to providing the best educational experience for your child. Our district is implementing a new standards-based report card, and we want to take a moment to explain the reasoning behind this transition and how it will benefit our students. As a reminder, our first-trimester report cards will go home with all students through the PowerSchool Parent Portal on Friday, December 8th.

    Why Standards-Based Reporting?

    In our ever-evolving educational landscape, it is crucial that our assessment and reporting methods keep pace with the latest research and best practices. The move to a standards-based report card aligns with our dedication to providing a more accurate and comprehensive evaluation of your child's academic progress. This approach focuses on the mastery of specific year-end learning objectives, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of your child's strengths and areas for growth in each subject.

    Key Features of the Standards-Based Report Card:

    ● Updated Performance Codes: The report card will include new performance codes (e.g., Meeting, Progressing, Beginning with Support, and Not Yet), This new scale provides a more detailed picture of your child's strengths and areas where they may need additional support. It's important to note that our standards-based report card system recognizes the unique nature of end-of-year benchmarks. Students are not expected to meet these standards until the end of the school year. This means that in trimester 1 and 2, it is normal for many students to receive a "Progressing" or "Beginning" mark on these standards as they are working toward mastering them throughout the year.

    ● Clear Learning Objectives: Our standards-based report card breaks down the curriculum into specific, key learning domains and objectives. This means you will receive detailed insights into the skills and knowledge that your child is expected to master in each subject by the end of the year. This transparency allows for a more focused and informed discussion about your child's academic strengths and areas for growth.

    ● Focus on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL): In addition to academic achievement, we recognize the importance of nurturing your child's social and emotional development. Our district is committed to integrating Social-Emotional Learning practices aligned with CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) standards. These practices aim to foster skills, such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

    How can you learn more?

    To assist you in understanding the new standards-based report card and how to support your child's learning, we have compiled various resources on our district's website. Please visit

    https://www.graftonps.org/reportcards to access:

    ● Video Tutorials: Short videos are available sharing key terminology, Social Emotional Learning, and Performance Codes.

    ● FAQ Section: Common questions answered to address any concerns you may have.

    ● Parent Guides: Printable resources to help you navigate the new reporting system. We believe this transition will foster a more insightful and collaborative educational experience for you and your child. Your feedback is important to us, and we encourage you to reach out with any questions or suggestions.

    Thank you for your continued partnership in your child's education.

    We look forward to working together to make this academic year a rewarding and successful one for every student.