Parents will notice some changes in their children’s elementary report cards this year. These changes arise from the need to convey Performance Levels on state standards. The goal of the Kennett Consolidated School District is for each child to be Proficient or higher on benchmarks to the Pennsylvania Academic Standards at each grade level. The report card also has some new skill indicators under the reading and writing sections to better communicate strengths and weaknesses to parents. The language arts continuum will no longer be part of the report card, but will instead be used as a tool at parent teacher conferences.
In kindergarten, students continue to receive 3’s, 2’s or 1’s on grade level skill indicators to demonstrate whether they are Proficient, Progressing, or have an Area of Concern. Changes at the kindergarten level are minimal.
In grades one and two, each subject has similar skill indicators as in the past, but there is a new section that tells the parent whether the child is Advanced, Proficient, or Not Yet Proficient overall in reading, writing and mathematics for the trimester. This new rating is called the Performance Level. Performance levels let the parent know if the child is on track each trimester when measured against state standards. As always, parent/teacher conferences are really important in determining next steps for each learner.
In grades three through five, along with the new Performance Level rating, each child continues to receive traditional letter grades in language arts and mathematics. The combination of both the letter grade and performance level reflect a child’s individual growth as well as his/her standing when measured against state standards. This gives parents a much more complete picture of the student.
Teachers, coaches and curriculum supervisors spent many hours this summer developing common assessments so that each child in the district would be ultimately measured with the same yardstick. Proficient ratings at Greenwood, Mary D. Lang and New Garden Elementary all represent the same criteria, and those ratings are aligned to state expectations. There should be very few surprises when students take state tests. Our goal is to align Kennett’s performance measures with exterior measures, such as the Pennsylvania State System of Assessment (PSSA).
“This is a great time to align with the state and with each other,” says Curriculum Supervisor Jane Pedroso. “Our elementary students all feed into one middle school. Consistency in measurement of student performance is critical, and clear criteria will aid students, teachers and parents.
Fall informational parent nights are being held at each of the three elementary schools about the revised report cards. Parents will have the opportunity to see samples of the revised form and ask questions after a brief presentation. The last parent night is Nov. 7th at Greenwood at 7pm, open to all elementary school parents.