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Our elementary schools have begun using standards-based report cards, and using them three times per year. The policy at this point is that no student will receive a "P" (proficient) or better until the June reporting, even if proficiency or mastery was demonstrated well before then.

I have heard many reasons for this (e.g. "...even if they demonstrate proficiency now, that may change between now and June..."). As a parent, these report cards are not effective communication tools. I never really know if my child truly is "on her way" to becoming proficient, or if she's already mastered the standard (and they're just holding out until June to tell me).

Am I missing something? If not, how can I help the district see the problems with their "No-P-before-June rule"? Everything I've said so far has been to no avail.

Thanks!

2014-04-13
Jim
 

The
Grade
Doctor
says:

The policy makes no sense. Report cards should accurately communicate achievement level at
the time of the report card. I think part of the problem is that the district is confusing
achievement and progress - they are not the same!

 

 

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