Re-2 shows off new report card
Parents filled the Kathryn Senor Elementary School gymnasium Thursday night. They came to learn about how they can help their kids at school. At the top of the agenda was an explanation of the new report card.Dave Lindenburg, the new principal at KSE, flashed an example of the card on the wall for those in the gym to see. Sample cards had also been sent home to parents earlier. Lindenburg gave parents a general introduction to the new report card and encouraged them to write questions down on a survey they took at the end of the night.The old Garfield School District Re-2 report cards at the elementary schools graded students in reading, writing, math, social studies and science, using the basic ‘A’ through ‘F’ scale. It also separated academic grades from behavior grades, which the new report card also does.The new report card, being used this year at all of the elementary schools, mirrors the Colorado Student Assessment Program scores – advanced, proficient, partially proficient and unsatisfactory.The new report card also dissects the subjects in which students are tested with the CSAP. For example, students will receive a grade, between advanced and unsatisfactory, not for reading as a whole, but for five teaching components that make a good reader.Those components are: uses reading strategies; paraphrases/summarizes texts; infers, predicts and draws conclusions; reads, responds to, and discusses a variety of literature; compares/contrasts story elements.The report card dissects the literacy/writing and math grades into even more parts. Science and social studies, which are not tested by the CSAP, are not divided into subcategories.”This report card will let us know we’re on target in terms of what we teach and what we expect the kids to learn,” Lindenburg said. “If a student gets a ‘U’ – unsatisfactory – it means this student is missing the boat. That’s less a reflection on the student and more on, ‘What do we need to do differently?'”Re-2 assistant superintendent Ava Lanes said the breakdown in the report cards is important.”It’s helpful for parents,” Lanes said. “Now they know what the reading grade means.”Re-2 began working on developing a standards-based report card last year, said Theresa Hamilton, Re-2 director of districtwide affairs. Groups of teachers brainstormed the new format. While district administrators think it will be nice for parents to know exactly where their student excels and where he or she struggles, they hope the report card will also make teachers’ jobs easier.”It narrows the focus,” Hamilton said, “and provides information to teachers about what exactly they need to teach and what will work.”The new report card is uniform across the district, with a first-quarter exception of Roy Moore Elementary School, Hamilton said. That uniformity is part of Re-2’s initiative to become a “school district instead of a district of schools.” The report card is one of several tools the district is using to align curricula between its schools so students can move from New Castle to Rifle in the middle of the year with little disturbance to their education. Hamilton said all of the schools will meet with parents to discuss the new report card.”We expect there will be a lot of people trying to relate this back to their education experience – ‘OK, is this an A or a B?'” Hamilton said. She said parent-teacher conferences in October will be a prime opportunity for parents to get one-on-one explanations of the way the new report card works.Contact Amanda Holt Miller: 625-3245 ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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