A PARENT’S GUIDE TO STANDARDS-BASED REPORTING
Huntington Local School District is committed to fulfilling our district mission of cultivating the brilliance in every student. At the elementary level in grades K-3, part of fulfilling this mission includes using standards-based report cards to provide students and parents specific and actionable feedback.
The Standards-Based Report (SBR) Guide provides a comprehensive explanation of the standards and expectations regarding student progress. This in-depth guide tells parents the specific expectations that define "meeting the standard" for each learning goal. Each grade level has a SBR and a corresponding guide. A printed guide is sent home along with the first report card. An online version of the guides are maintained here for easy parent reference throughout the year. Choose your grade level guide below to understand exactly what your child's teacher is looking for as they measure progress toward each standard. To speak with someone about the Standards-Based Report Cards or Guides, please contact Principal Heidi Gray.
WHAT ARE STANDARDS?
Standards are statements about what students know and should be able to do within each content area at each grade level. Decisions about how to teach students, in what order to teach content, and what materials to use are made at the district- and building-level. For more information about Ohio’s Learning Standards, view the Ohio Department of Education's Learning in Ohio webpage.
WHAT IS A STANDARDS-BASED REPORT?
A standards-based report is designed to provide accurate information about student performance in meeting the standard. In other words, rather than focusing on a percentage or number of points obtained, standards-based reporting focuses on student understanding or competency. With standards-based reporting, the conversation shifts from “What is my child’s score?” to “What is my child able to do?” While student work habits are important skills, these skills are reported separately. Marks for the standard are intended to reflect student performance in meeting the standard.
WHY DO WE USE PERFORMANCE LEVELS FOR THE STANDARDS INSTEAD OF LETTER GRADES?
The learning progressions of children are too complex to be reduced to a simple letter grade. Our standards-based reporting system is designed to provide specific and timely information about the specific skills students are progressing towards mastering.
IS THERE A LETTER GRADE TO STANDARDS-BASED GRADE CONVERSION OR EQUIVALENCY TO HELP ME UNDERSTAND MY STUDENT’S PROGRESS?
No, there is no equivalency. This assessment and reporting system requires a new way of thinking for parents as well. Yes, It will be a shift in understanding student progress for parents who are used to seeing a grade and understanding what that letter or percentage meant. And parents feel good when they see an “A” on a test or report card. We understand. The new standards-based report cards will provide greater understanding for parents because they will be able to see exactly which specific skills and knowledge their child has acquired. And remember, these report cards will give parents and students specific information about how a student is doing and pinpoint where the student needs to improve.
PERFORMANCE LEVELS USED TO REPORT STUDENT PROGRESS
M - Meets Standard
W - Working Towards Standard
E - Experiencing Difficulty
HOW OFTEN WILL WE RECEIVE PROGRESS REPORTS USING THE NEW GRADING SYSTEM?
Student progress will be shared continuously by teachers. Students will receive quarterly Standards-based reports. Interim reports will be sent home only to students that are currently not making progress towards Mastery.
WHAT WILL BE THE GREATEST CHALLENGE FOR PARENTS WITH REGARD TO UNDERSTANDING THE NEW REPORT CARDS?
It is about the journey. The journey to Mastery happens over the course of the whole school year, with the final goal being “M” - Meets the Standards. One of the biggest adjustments for parents is that standards-based report cards focus on end-of-the-year goals. In the first or second grading period a high-achieving student might have several marks indicating that they are not yet proficient in some skills. This is normal. Most students will not meet all of the year’s goals in the first quarter . Parents should expect to see many “W” (Working Toward Standards) throughout the school year. “M” (Meets the Standards) is the goal toward which all students and teachers are working.