Area Public Schools has been making improvements to the manner in which
the school reports progress to parents and students at the elementary
schools. This year all Farmington elementary schools implemented a new
standards-based report card for grades K-5. Simply put, this report card
helps us better communicate to parents the link between the Minnesota
State Standards we teach in our curriculum and how we assess student
achievement of standards.
You will notice on the report card that
students will receive a progress score from 1 to 4 in a number of
standards. A 1 indicates a beginning level of the standard and a 4 which
would indicate exceeding the standard. The attached rubric further
identifies how these scores describe student performance at each level.
It should not be surprising that students may receive scores of 1 and 2
at the beginning of the year as they are just starting to show
achievement toward year-long standards. Students may demonstrate scores
of 3 or 4 as well, especially on standards that are mastered in the
current grading period. In this way, rubrics give teachers and parents
additional information about student learning, specific to your
student’s learning needs measured against a standard.
continue to develop and refine our grading and reporting practices, it
is important that the school district have a common set of assessments
and rubrics, standards and reporting measures for all students in
Farmington. Our goal is that these improvements will give you accurate
and thorough information about your student’s achievement toward a
standard throughout the year. As you communicate with your student’s
classroom teacher(s), please feel free to inquire and ask questions
about the report card. Your feedback is important to us as we strive to
improve communication with parents.