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.
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.