New K-5 Report Cards
Over the past year, a team of teachers, administrators, curriculum coordinators and technology specialists has been engaged in redesigning the elementary report cards. Through our research and exploration of best practice across Michigan, the United States and even Canada, we have created a new reporting document that we believe will serve our families better.
For those who have attended an AAPS school in the past, you will recall that our previous report cards were quite lengthy, some nine pages long. The feedback we received from both families and teachers reflected the desire for condensed and salient information to be conveyed, giving families a clear picture of student progress and achievement at the grade level.
The new report cards, while easier to read and understand, are also fully aligned to new State standards for English language arts and mathematics. You will also find that the Life Skills section now reflects two areas, Approaches to Learning and Personal Growth. Both areas represent research-based predictors of success in school and beyond. We are committed to helping each AAPS student grow toward mastery in these areas.
Perhaps the most significant change is with the key itself. The new 4-point key shown below will be applied to each outcome of the report card to provide you with a consistent and clear sense of your child’s progress and achievement.
It is most important to note that a “3” is the grade level target. This indicates that a student has mastered the skill or concept. Some children may develop an enriched understanding of a particular outcome and this is indicated by a score of “4”. A score of “4” does not translate to grade acceleration, however it does indicate a deeper than required understanding of the skill as expected at that grade level and that the child may need to be challenged in that area. A score of “1” in an outcome indicates the need for support and will likely result in a personalized learning goal in that area. Each marking period, the complexity required for mastery of that outcome builds. Therefore, it is possible for a child to fluctuate in his/her level of mastery as the year and complexity progresses. As always, you may contact your child’s teacher with any questions you may have. We hope that this key will provide our families with meaningful information about student progress. As a district, this standardized system will allow us to better serve our students through consistent, personalized learning opportunities.
We are currently engaged in the redesign of the social studies and science report card areas. Our team of educators and curriculum coordinators has completed important alignment work to new standards and we have already added new instructional resources to classrooms this year. Some changes have been made to the report card in these areas to reflect these new resources, but you can expect a full redesign of the report cards for both social studies and science in the 2018-2019 school year.
Your feedback is important to us. Please take a few minutes to complete the short survey at the link below to share your thoughts about this new reporting format.
We will use your input, and that of our teachers and administrators district wide, to refine and improve our report cards for the 2018-2019 school year.
We hope you find the report cards meaningful and useful to you. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions to your teacher or principal.