ELEMENTARY REPORT CARDS
As Athens City Schools continues to enhance the quality of education for all students, we recognize that parents and families play a vital role as partners in their child's education. Just as teachers do, parents and guardians require accurate and meaningful information about their child's strengths, challenges, and academic performance to better comprehend and support their learning journey.
With this in mind, Athens City Schools is implementing improvements to the standards-based report cards for students in grades K-5, starting in the 2023-2024 school year. These updated report cards are designed to provide clearer communication into what students are expected to learn at each grade level and to more accurately measure their progress towards meeting these standards. In conjunction with these report cards, we will introduce proficiency scales. These scales outline the specific knowledge and skills students need to demonstrate in order to achieve proficiency in each academic standard. They will help parents and guardians understand the scores reported each quarter and provide guidance on what students need to learn and do to progress toward grade-level proficiency.
For students in grades K-5, the report card will feature a rating scale of 1-4 for the priority standards in English Language Arts and math in grades K-5 and science and social studies in grades 4-5. It is important to note that throughout the year, you should expect to see your child's scores improve. This is because the grade level standards are designed to measure what is expected of students by the end of the academic year. A score of 3 indicates that your child is meeting the end-of-year grade-level expectations, which is our goal for all students. Please keep in mind that a score of 4 is quite rare, even at the end of the year. A 4 signifies that a student has exceeded the grade-level skills required for that subject. We will review and update these practices annually to ensure that grading and reporting student learning are consistently and effectively implemented.
PROFICIENCY SCALE LEVELS
Advanced: Student demonstrates knowledge which exceeds grade-level standards
In addition to level 3 performance, partial success with level 4 content
Proficient: Student demonstrates mastery on grade-level standards, reaches the target
No major errors or omissions regarding score 2.0 and partial success with score 3.0
Developing: Student demonstrates understanding of the foundational skills related to the grade level standard.
Partial Success with score 2.0 content and major errors or omissions regarding 3.0 content
Emerging: With help, student demonstrates basic understanding of foundational skills and grade-level standards
WHAT IS STANDARDS BASED GRADING? (VIDEO)
At elementary schools, we use proficiency scales to help teachers and students understand how well a student is progressing toward meeting the learning standards. These scales use a 4-point system, where a score of 3.0 means the student has achieved proficiency and is meeting the standard's expectations. In simpler terms, a score of 3.0 indicates that the student has successfully reached the grade-level standard. Here's a general description of the 4-point scoring system for proficiency scales:
- A score of 4.0: This score is quite rare and suggests that the student has not just met but exceeded the grade-level standards. It means your child is excelling in this particular area.
- A score of 3.0: This score is our target for all students. It means your child has met the grade-level standard, showing they are on track with their learning.
- A score below 3.0: If your child receives a score below 3.0, it shows your child is working towards reaching those year-end goals. It's entirely normal for students to receive a score below 3, even at the midpoint of the year. In standards-based grading, we assess students' progress against year-end expectations throughout the year.
UNDERSTANDING A SCORE OF 1 ON OUR PROFICIENCY SCALES
We understand that receiving a score of 1 on your child's proficiency scale may raise questions or concerns. It's important to remember that a score of 1 represents a starting point or a very basic level of proficiency in a particular skill or subject. This score typically indicates that your child is just beginning to grasp the concepts and skills associated with that area of study. A score of 1 is not cause for alarm on its own. However, it can be a sign that your child is in need of additional support in that area. This is one benefit of standards-based report cards, specific areas in need of support are clearly identified. We encourage open communication with your child's teacher to gain a more comprehensive understanding of their performance. Together, we can work to identify areas where your child may need additional support and develop strategies to help them progress toward higher levels of proficiency. Rest assured that our goal is to help every student progress and ultimately achieve a score of 3 or higher by the end of the year. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's scores or progress, please don't hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher. We're here to partner with you in your child's education.
HOW DOES THE 4-POINT PROFICIENCY SCALE BENEFIT STUDENTS, TEACHERS, AND PARENTS?
- Clear Expectations: The 4-point proficiency scale removes any confusion about what students are expected to learn and accomplish. It sets a clear standard for what will be assessed and graded, making it easier for everyone to understand the learning objectives.
- Transparency: Proficiency scales bring transparency to the levels of mastery. They provide a straightforward way to see where a student stands in their learning journey. A score on the scale reflects how well a student has grasped the material, making it easier for parents to gauge their child's progress.
- Focus on Learning: The 4-point proficiency scale shifts the focus from just getting a grade to understanding what needs to be learned next. It encourages continuous learning and growth by highlighting areas where improvement is needed. This approach helps students set goals and work towards mastering each concept.
- Enhanced Clarity: The 4-point proficiency scale not only enhances clarity but also provides a common language for students, teachers, and parents to discuss a student's abilities. It allows for meaningful conversations about a child's current strengths and the areas they are actively working to improve and master.
In essence, the proficiency scale is a powerful tool that promotes clear communication, fosters a focus on learning, and ensures that everyone involved in a child's education is on the same page when it comes to their progress and development.
HOW DOES THE 4-POINT PROFICIENCY SCALE EMPOWER STUDENTS?
- Track Progress: The 4-point proficiency scale enables students to keep a close eye on their progress. They can easily see how they measure up to the scale's expectations, providing a clear picture of their academic journey.
- Goal Setting: With the proficiency scale as a guide, students can set meaningful goals. These goals are directly aligned with their strengths and areas where they can further improve their learning during class. It helps them focus their efforts on specific skills that need attention.
- Skill Development: The scale helps students identify skills they haven't mastered yet and skills they can work on. They can seek assistance from teachers and practice both in school and at home to enhance their understanding and abilities in those areas.
- Celebrating Achievements: The proficiency scale offers students a reason to celebrate their growth and progress. For each standard, they can see how they've moved from one level to another, acknowledging their achievements and proficiency.
In summary, the 4-point proficiency scale empowers students by allowing them to monitor their progress, set tailored goals, identify areas for improvement, and celebrate their growth and proficiency in a structured and encouraging way.
ACS ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND MATH PROFICIENCY SCALES FOR GRADES KINDERGARTEN - FIFTH GRADE
- Kindergarten ELA Proficiency Scales
- Kindergarten Math Proficiency Scales
- First Grade ELA Proficiency Scales
- First Grade Math Proficiency Scales
- Second Grade ELA Proficiency Scales
- Second Grade Math Proficiency Scales
- Third Grade ELA Proficiency Scales
- Third Grade Math Proficiency Scales
- Fourth Grade ELA Proficiency Scales
- Fourth Grade Math Proficiency Scales
- Fifth Grade ELA Proficiency Scales
- Fifth Grade Math Proficiency Scales
ACS SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES PROFICIENCY SCALES FOR FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE
- Fourth Grade Alabama History Proficiency Scales
- Fourth Grade Science Proficiency Scales
- Fifth Grade Science Proficiency Scales
- Fifth Grade Social Studues Proficiency Scales