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Standards-Based Report Cards

As part of the new Common Core State Standards initiative, Corvallis elementary schools are introducing a new standards-based report card in 2011-2012.

The purpose of the new reporting system is to provide parents, teachers and students with more accurate information about students' progress toward meeting the specific content standards for the various subjects taught at each grade level. By monitoring the concrete skills and knowledge listed on the report card, we will know whether all students are being exposed to the same curriculum and learning what they should in each grade.

The new system also should help us close the gap in achievement among different groups of students. And, parents will be more aware of what their children should know and be able to do by the end of each grade level.

Individual teachers and schools have been piloting the new standards-based report cards for since the 2010-2011 school year. This is the first year the entire district will use the new elementary reporting system. At the end of June, a committee will review feedback from parents and staff in order to make improvements to the report cards for 2012-2013.

HOW ARE STANDARDS-BASED REPORT CARDS DIFFERENT FROM TRADITIONAL REPORT CARDS? 
Traditional report cards usually assign one grade for reading, one for math, one for science and so on. On a standards-based report card, each of these subject areas is divided into a list of skills and knowledge that students are responsible for learning. Students receive a separate mark for each standard.

The achievement marks indicate a child’s progress toward meeting specific grade-level standards. Students' proficiency is reported separately from their efforts to participate and be attentive, resourceful, cooperative, etc.

With the new standards-based reporting system, students are evaluated more objectively according to consistent grade-level standards. The letter grades used in traditional report cards are a more subjective reflection of individual teachers’ expectations  for student effort and achievement.

HOW DOES THE NEW REPORT CARD MEASURE STUDENTS PROGRESS?
The new report card will use four different symbols ( + ,  = ,  ^ ,  -- ) to indicate a child’s progress toward meeting the end-of-year Oregon and Common Core State standards. A fifth symbol ( n/a ) will be used midway through the school year to indicate that the curriculum related to some standards has not yet been taught or assessed during the first semester.
 
Click on the following link to see a detailed explanation of what each symbol means:

Teachers are currently using one of two different standards-based report cards -- one with more detail and another with less detail about the specific skills students must demonstrate to meet each grade level's standards. If a family receives a report card with less detail, the following link may help parents understand more clearly the academic expectations their child faces at each grade level:


HOW CAN A PARENT USE THE NEW REPORTING SYSTEM TO HELP THEIR CHILD?

Standards-based report cards provide detailed information about how a child is doing in each subject. Parents will be able to see whether students need extra assistance in certain areas or when they need to be challenged even more. By using these clearly defined standards, teachers and parents can work together to ensure that students succeed.

During parent-teacher conferences, ask to see samples of your child’s work. Talk to his or her teacher about whether the work samples are satisfactory, or how your child could have done a better job on the assignments. Ask how you can help your child improve or excel in various subjects and what resources are available to use outside the classroom to encourage his or her progress.

The National Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) also has created a “Parents’ Guide to Student Success” for each grade level that offers specific tips for how to support your child’s learning at home. Links to these guides are available in the resource box to the right.

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Tell Us What You Think

Report cards are designed to communicate with parents -- they should be helpful and easy to understand. Please help us improve the new reporting system by participating in our online parent survey:


If you have additional questions or concerns about your school's report card, or suggestions for making the report easier to understnad, please share them with us by calling the hotline or e-mailing the address below:

Hotline:    541-757-3973

Parent Resources

A Parent's Guide:
Standards-Based Report Cards

A series of brochures designed to help parents understand the new standards-based report card, including an explanation of the symbols used instead of letter grades to measure student progress and a sample overview of what students will learn at each grade level:

        Kindergarten             English / Spanish 
  First Grade  English / Spanish 
  Second Grade         English / Spanish 
  Third Grade  English / Spanish 
  Fourth Grade English / Spanish 
  Fifth Grade  English / Spanish 
NPTA Parents' Guides to Student Success
Resources published by the National Parent-Teacher Association (NPTA) to support the implementation of Common Core State Standards. A guide is available for every grade level. The guides for Grades K-5 provide an overview of what children will learn by the end of each school year in math and English language arts/literacy. Each guide also offers tips for talking to teachers about their students' progress toward meeting the standards and activities parents can do with their child to support their learning outside the classroom.

ODE "Standards By Design"
A Web page created by the Oregon Department of Education to give parents access to the academic content standards students are to meet at each grade level by the end of the school year. Separate pages are available to give quick access to the Common Core State Standards for math and language arts:
CCSS - Math
CCSS - Language Arts


Contact Us

Instructional Services
Phone: 541-766-4857
Address: 1555 S.W. 35th St., Corvallis, OR 97333
Staff:      Kevin Bogatin, Assistant Superintendent, 541-766-4857 
  Amy Lesan, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator, 541-757-5863 
  Chris Caster, K-5 Standards, 541-757-4352