Acmetonia Elementary School does not give out traditional A’s or B’s on assignments. Instead, teachers grade based on an indicator scale to give parents a good idea of where their child is on his/her journey to mastery of the Pennsylvania Core Standards. When parents/guardians look at their childs’ assessments, they will notice that each assignment will be tied to a specific standard and will have an indicator to inform the parent/guardian of how the child is progressing.
This school year, a student’s academic development may be monitored by the progress indicators on the student’s assignments and assessments that he/she brings home. When you review your child’s assignments and assessments, you will have a good idea of where your child is on his/her academic journey toward mastery of the Pennsylvania Core Standards.
The following indicators will be used:
E – Exceeding (Out of this World) – The student is working at a higher level. He/she can explain how to do the concept and can teach others.
M – Meeting (Flying High) – The student is able to work independently, showing an understanding of grade-level content.
P – Progressing (Taking Off) – The student is starting to understand. Sometimes, the student may need help or an example.
NI – Needs Improvement (Ready to Go) – The student cannot work by himself/herself as of yet. He/she needs some help and examples, but is starting to learn.
To view the How Am I Doing Indicator Sheet, click here.
A formal evaluation of a student’s performance are provided four times during the school term in a report card. Parents are urged to contact their child’s teacher at other times throughout the year when additional information is desired, or when the school should be informed of some unusual circumstance. The school district emphasizes that parent conferences are essential for communicating with parents about student progress.
Interim Progress Reports are issued midway through each report period for students. Progress reports provide information on areas of improvement as well as for deficiencies in work. In addition, teachers contact parents throughout the year regarding student progress.
In 2012, changes in state standards brought questions about the Acmetonia report card to the forefront. A committee was formed to research and determine if changes to the report card format were necessary. Staff members reviewed Pennsylvania Standards, contacted other schools, and analyzed other report cards to create a draft that could be used for the school. After review and input from other staff members, a final draft was developed.
Meetings for parents and the school board were scheduled. A parent survey was also initiated. The meetings explained that a standards-based report card would:
It was explained that the changes to a new format would promote a greater home-school connection, increase communication, and increase achievement.
New academic indicators will be implemented (E, M, P, NI) in the report card. However, it is important to note that these indicators do NOT equate with letter grades. The expectation is for students to show progress toward standards every quarter, with a student achieving an “M” within each standard at the end of the year.
Acmetonia staff members continue to work on how to further communicate the change to parents. Included in the discussions are possible informational handbooks, a family night, and additional parent information sessions. Parents are also encouraged to contact their child’s teacher with any questions.
Report Card PowerPoint Presentation
Kindergarten Report Card
Grades 1-3 Report Card
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