Report cards for elementary and middle school students will come home with your child. The intention is that the report card, along with other communication throughout the year, gives you information about how your child is progressing toward meeting the state standards, which specify what we want all students to know and be able to do at the end of each grade level.
2021-22 elementary report cards
Please note: Prior to the pandemic, our report cards used standards-based grade marks of 4, 3, 2, or 1 that showed where student learning was in relation to the standard or expectation at their grade level. During the pandemic, we have reported differently, since student learning has been interrupted and on a different schedule or timeframe than typical. For example, in 2020-21 we reported on the learning taking place in the classrooms and provided a student comment related to the learning.
With that in mind, when you look at your student’s winter 2022 report card, you’ll see that we are moving back to the Skyward Report Card this year, with some modifications to the grade marks, allowing the report to focus on student growth. Instead of reporting in relation to standards, we are reporting in relation to a student’s individual learning from fall to mid-year. We have provided grade marks of MP for “Making Progress” and SC for “See Comments,” in place of our typical 4, 3, 2, 1. (Please see below for more information about typical / standards-based reporting and marks.)
One key reason for the focus on growth is to allow students time and opportunity to learn and progress, following a time of interrupted learning that did not allow for the full spectrum of typical instruction and experience to take place. We also wanted the report cards to be a place to focus on student attributes, strengths and next steps for learning. The comments sections provide for that, allowing teachers to highlight student attributes, social skills and areas of progress and growth, as well as areas to focus on as the year continues.
If you have questions about your child’s progress or want to know more about their learning and next steps, please reach out to your child’s teacher as they will be able to share in more detail what they see daily in the classroom related to your child’s learning.
Reporting information: typical years
Clearly communicating student progress to families is a critical aspect of our family engagement model. Several tools are available for this purpose: Skyward Family Access, designated family engagement time at elementary and middle schools, curriculum nights and open houses, quarterly progress reports, and semester report cards.
Grade level guides for are also available for each grade.
Bellingham’s elementary and middle schools have adopted a standards-based approach to reporting student progress, offering students clear learning targets and guiding teachers with proficiency levels for student performance expectations. Scores (4, 3, 2, 1) are earned on assignments, assessments and class work to show where students are in relation to the standard and/or expectation.