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Standards-based Report Card

Hickman Elementary issues a standards-based report card that explains a child's progress toward meeting grade-level standards. Standards describe what a student should know and be able to do at each grade level in all subjects. This report card is designed to give parents a more comprehensive picture of how their children are progressing.

Marks on the standards-based report card are different than letter grades because they describe progress in terms of a child's proficiency in a particular standard. This is helpful in multiple ways:

  • First, it ensures more consistent expectations from teacher to teacher.
  • Second, it helps teachers and students focus on the standards from the very beginning of the year, giving students a chance to receive help sooner if they are not making adequate progress.
  • Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it communicates to parents exactly how their children are doing based on the standards - the big ideas and concepts their children have learned, and what they need to work on to ensure they are ready for the next grade level.

For your reference, the marks used on the standards-based report card and their meanings are listed below:

Advanced Your child has exceeded grade-level standards in this area.
Proficient Your child has met grade-level standards in this area.
Basic Your child is approaching grade-level proficiency in this area.
Below Basic Your child has not met grade-level standards in this area.
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