Students in Grades Kindergarten through Five are getting new report cards.
Over the past two years, a dedicated committee of teachers, content area and support specialists, as well as administrators have worked collaboratively to revise the Haledon Public School report cards for grades K-5. We feel that, like teachers, parents need accurate and meaningful information about their child’s strengths and challenges in meeting the high expectations of today's educational environment. Standards describe what a student should know and be able to do at each grade level in all subjects.
Unfortunately, the old elementary report cards for grades 3-5 did not offer much information, other than a single grade about a student’s learning progress. Parents could not know which of their child’s areas were strong and which needed more attention. The Kindergarten – grade 2 report cards offered more information, but they were a bit confusing and not aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.
This year, students in Kindergarten through grade 5 will be using a new Standards-Based Report Card. These report cards have been carefully organized to offer the best information possible without becoming overwhelming.
Here are three things to look for on your child’s report card:
1. An overall grade for each subject. Students in grades 3-5 will continue to receive an overall letter grade (such as A, B, B+, C, etc.), just as they always have. Students in Kindergarten - grade 2 will receive a performance grade (O=Outstanding, S=Satisfactory, N=Needs Improvement, X=Area of Concern.) This overall grade gives you a general sense of your child’s progress.
2. Marks for the expectations under each subject. This is where teachers will indicate how well a student is making progress on the various standards that students are expected to master at each grade level. These will be marked with numbers (4, 3, 2, 1) The table below explains further:
|Mark for Expectations
||Student consistently performs above grade level expectations.
||Student usually performs without assistance and meets grade level expectations.
||Student sometimes needs support, but is approaching grade level expectations.
||Student is rarely able to meet expectations without support. This is an area of concern that needs your support; a conference with the teacher is suggested.
||This standard is not assessed at this time.
3. The current Independent Reading Level
. Students will have a letter from A-Z next to their Independent Reading Level. This is a Fountas & Pinnell level that measures how well a student reads and understands without adult assistance. You will be able to see if your child is reading at grade level by looking at the chart at the top of the page or in the grading box next to the Attendance section, which shows what level a student is expected to achieve at each marking period.
We hope that you find this new report card helpful so that you can more fully understand your child’s progress. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher for more information.