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October 21, 2018
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Grading


 

Grading

All K-5 students receive three Standards Based Report Cards during the year; one at the end of each trimester. Report card citizenship marks are affected by classroom and playground behaviors.

MID-TRIMESTER PROGRESS NOTIFICATION: Mid-trimester progress notes are sent home with all students to appraise parents of areas of strength and those needing improvement. A special effort will be made by each teacher to provide the reasons for any concerns. This is done so parents can give their child support toward improvement.

 

Standards Based Report Cards

Information from Torrance Unified School District on SBRC:
Standards Based Report Cards are one way of reporting on student performance. With the traditional report card, teachers give students one grade (A-F, or 1-3, etc.) for each subject. With the new SBRCs, teachers report the progress of students on several areas for subjects such as Language Arts and Mathematics, using Achievement Level marks. The state of California moved to this expanded form of assessment for the annual statewide tests given in the Spring called STAR (State-wide Testing and Reporting). Achievement Level Marks:

4 Advanced or Exceeds Standard
The student’s academic performance significantly and consistently demonstrates knowledge, application, and extension of content standards taught during the trimester as demonstrated by classroom, grade level, and district or state-wide assessments. Typically a student at this level moves through the standards faster, goes deeper, explores connections or relationships through critical thinking or exhibits creativity in their thinking.

3 Proficient or Meets Standard
The student’s academic performance consistently demonstrates knowledge and application of standards taught during the trimester.

2 Basic or Approaching Standard
The student’s academic performance partially demonstrates knowledge of grade level standards taught during the trimester. The student is approaching the grade level standards but may be at risk of retention.

1 Below Basic/Far Below Basic or Below Standard
The student’s academic progress demonstrates limited knowledge of grade level standards taught during the trimester. Progress indicates the student may not achieve mastery by the end of the year. The student is at risk of retention.

NA Not Assessed
The content standard was not assessed during the trimester.

NM No Mark
The content standard could not be fully evaluated during the trimester. 34

These Achievement Level marks reflect the student’s performance on the California State Content Standards. Performance is determined by teacher evaluation of mastery of specific content standards. This includes quality of work, quantity of work, application of skills, and originality of work. An important part of this new report card is showing parents and caregivers the progress that students are making toward the content standards using a numbering system that is similar to information that parents and guardians receive from the STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) Program. Grade level standards describe the academic skills, knowledge, and abilities that students are expected to master in a trimester or by the end of the school year. The state-wide goal is for all students to score in the Advanced or Proficient categories.

Effort and Citizenship Marks:

Teachers use the following marks for effort and citizenship. For effort, these grades describe the student’s overall ability to complete a classroom task in a given time, turn in homework and assignments on time, make a good effort on his or her work, and have a good attitude about learning. For citizenship, these grades describe the student’s ability to follow class and school rules, as well as, interacting appropriately with his or her peers. Students should display an attitude that is helpful and friendly.

E Excellent
The student consistently demonstrates effort and good citizenship.

S Satisfactory
The student usually demonstrates effort and good citizenship.

N Needs Improvement
The student sometimes demonstrates effort and good citizenship.

U Unsatisfactory
The student rarely demonstrates effort and good citizenship.

For additional information on SBRC, go to the TUSD website at www.tusd.org. Click on Elementary Schools, and then click on Standard Based Report Card link.

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