Standards-Based Elementary Report Card

  • The elementary report card was revised based on teacher feedback and current educational research.  A group of teachers and administrators met over a period of two years to shape the format and content of the report card. The driving force behind the revision initiative is to communicate to parents, guardians, and students, ongoing achievement towards grade level standards.  In contrast to the prior format, the new K-5 report card identifies students’ levels of progress with regard to standards, areas of strength, and areas where improvement is needed.

    Standards-Based Education

    In standards-based classrooms, the focus is on a student’s performance over multiple opportunities, not simply the grading and averaging of tests and quizzes. Standards are specified learning goals applied to all students and provide consistent targets for students to meet.  Standards provide a focus for aligning curriculum, instruction and assessment.  They are the general categories that organize knowledge within a discipline.  

    Standards-Based Report Cards

    A standards-based report card emphasizes “learning” over “earning”.  Each trimester provides students multiple opportunities to practice, attain, and demonstrate proficiency against state and common core standards.

    Through the identification of clear benchmarks, a student’s knowledge and skills are measured on a continual basis, stretching students to perform at their highest level of potential. Teachers collect evidence of a child’s achievement through careful observations, the examination of the student’s work, discussions, projects, performance tasks, quizzes, and tests. Teachers record information about each child’s progress on a frequent basis, analyze and compile that information, and finally use the data to evaluate each child’s progress.

    Below, please find several documents pertaining to the development of the Elementary Report Card:

    Sample Report Cards


    Additional information about the standards used to create the report cards can be found at the links below:


    Parent road maps for understanding the Common Core Standards, and strategies for assisting students are also available in English and Spanish: