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New Standards Based Report Cards are Coming for Grades K-5

posted Nov 16, 2016, 6:07 PM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Nov 17, 2016, 12:58 PM ]
Five things you should know about the new report cards:
1) The new report cards cover: Social-Emotional Development, Language Arts, History/Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Health, Physical Education, and Visual and Performing Arts. Students who are in language pathway programs or are English Learners receive additional marks indicating their progress in learning English and/or the pathway language. Every subject area includes several standards for each grade level. Your child will receive a mark between 1 and 4 for every standard taught during the trimester.

2) Students’ marks are meant to show progress towards end-of-year mastery. If your student gets a "1" or "2" in the first trimester, he or she may well be on track to master that skill, with a mark of "3" by the end of the year. A "4" indicates that a student has exceeded the end-of-year expectations.

3) Teachers across the district use the same rubrics, or standard evaluation criteria, to determine what marks to assign students on each standard. This means your child's teacher should be able to explain to you the rationale for each mark on the report card. Asking questions can help you partner with your teacher to support your child's learning and understand exactly where your child needs support.

4) Social-Emotional Development standards are new. These include social awareness, growth mindset, self management, and self awareness. While the standards are the same for each grade level, there are higher expectations for meeting the standards each year.

5) For students who are English Learners, CELDT test scores (used to measure progress towards English proficiency) are now included on the report card. For students who are not English learners, this portion of the report card will be blank.

SFUSD sought lots of input in revising the report card template. Families and teachers worked with experts in the SFUSD Achievement Assessments Office and gave detailed feedback. Partially as a result of this feedback, the new templates are more streamlined and are translated into more languages. 

SFUSD has also engaged with families and organizations like PPS-SF in developing companion guides to the report cards. These guides give more in-depth information about what is expected of students at each grade level along with tips for parents and links to online resources for families. These guides and the report card templates are available on SFUSD's TK-5 Standards Based Report Cards page.

For more information please see this recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle by Jill Tucker.