Today was “Report Card Day” for the K-6 Students at Oak Ridge, Forestdale and Wing and parents and guardians of Grade K-2 Students received a newly revised report of their child’s progress.
“Standards Based Report Cards” have been in use across the country for a decade or more and are designed to provide more specific feedback to families about each student’s progress toward mastering specific standards. Current Standards Based Report Cards reflect the Common Core State Standards/Massachusetts Frameworks in Math and Literacy and will be updated each year as the Next Generation Science Standards are introduced in Massachusetts and in Sandwich. Educational standards are the learning goals for what students should know, understand and be able to do at each grade level.
To support families as they become familiar and comfortable with the new report cards, Curriculum Coordinators Clare Brady and Maureen Wiklund have held multiple public sessions and have attended PTA meetings at all three schools. Students brought home an Overview and Frequently Asked Questions and Answers in their Report Card envelopes today. The SPS website is also full of many resources: there is an Overview of the Standards for each grade level as well as an Annotated Report Card which shows families which standards are assessed each term. The Overview and FAQs Document that went home with the K-2 students is also available on the website.
You can learn more about Standards Based Report Cards in Sandwich here.
Standards Based Report Cards reflect the latest research about the best way to communicate student progress to families and to students and also reflect research about student motivation and engagement. We are proud of the collaborative work that created these report cards, and look forward to additional feedback from teachers and families to help us fine tune them, going forward.
We will be implementing Standards Based Report Cards in grades 3-6 next year.