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Yazoo County School District
STANDARDS-BASED REPORT CARDS
Grades K-2
The Yazoo County School District is proud to introduce Standards-Based report cards for Grades K-2. The change to a Standards-Based report card comes from the belief that our previous report card did not fully communicate what students are expected to know and be able to do as set forth in the Mississippi Common Core State Standards. This new report card will benefit students, teachers and parents/guardians. It will allow students to be more aware of what is expected of them. It will provide parents with a more detailed outline of the expectations in each of the major academic areas. We believe that your understanding of what is expected of your child and how well he or she is progressing towards the goals at his or her grade level is very important. We look forward to working together to provide your child with the knowledge and tools to be successful and to reach his or her fullest potential.

1. What is Standards-Based grade reporting?
A Standards-Based grade reporting system is designed to inform parents about their child’s progress towards achieving specific learning standards. The Common Core State Standards establish high and challenging performance expectations for all students. They describe what students should know and be able to do, and serve as the basis for the Bentonia/Gibbs and Linwood curriculum, instruction and assessment model in grades K-2.

2. Why was the report card changed to the Standards-Based report card?
The report card was changed to provide more information to parents about student progress on the Mississippi Common Core Curriculum Content Standards. On a traditional report card, students receive one grade for reading, one for math, one for science and so on. On a Standards-Based report card, each of these subject areas is further expanded by a list of skills and knowledge students are responsible for learning.

3. What is the purpose of the Standards-Based report card?
The purpose of the Standards-Based report card is to provide feedback that is more detailed to parents regarding the progress their children are making towards specific content indicators at each grade level. This report card allows parents and students to understand more clearly what is expected at each grade level.  With this understanding, parents will be better able to guide and support their child helping him/her to be successful in a rigorous academic program.

4. How does the Standards-Based report card compare to the traditional letter grade system?
Standards-Based report card reporting is different from traditional letter grade reporting. Letter grades are often calculated by combining how well the student met a teacher’s expectations, how the student performed on assignments and tests, how much effort the teacher believes the student put in and how the student is doing in comparison to classmates. Letter grades do not tell parents which skills their child has mastered or whether he or she is working at grade level. The Standards-Based report card measures how well an individual student is doing in relation to the grade level standards, not the work of other students. This will give parents a better understanding of their child’s strengths and weaknesses and encourage all students to do their best.


5. Why not have a Standards-Based system as an additional reporting component to the traditional report card?
Traditional grading for elementary level students does not communicate to parents what teachers want them to
know about their child’s strengths and weaknesses. The elementary level is based on a developmental model where learning is valued as a process. Traditional letter grades and Standards-Based rubrics do not assess in the same way and therefore are not compatible to one another.

6. My child has an IEP. How will he or she be assessed?
There are modifications and accommodations in your child’s IEP to support his or her progress on grade level standards as assessed on a Standards-Based report card. A lack of indicated progress on the report card would require further exploration of additional modifications and accommodations.

7. Does this new system place more emphasis on daily interactions between teacher and student as opposed to standardized scores?
Neither traditional nor Standards-Based report cards rely solely on standardized test scores. A major characteristic  of  elementary  assessment  has  always  been  the  daily  interaction  throughout  the  process  of learning. Standards-Based report cards better provide for in-depth communication on the continuum of learning.

8. What if I still have questions?
This is meant to be a brief overview of the Standards-Based report card for grades K-2. Be sure to view the samples for each grade level posted on our district website. Should you have additional questions, please contact your child’s school.


 

The Yazoo County School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, age, handicap, national origin or veteran status. The Yazoo County School District’s Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator may be reached by telephone at 662-746-4672. Correspondence may be mailed to Title IX Coordinator, Yazoo County School District, Post Office Box 1088, Yazoo City, Mississippi,39194.