Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean to have standards-based reporting?
Standards-based reporting means that students are measured against a set of district-wide academic standards for each subject area.
Why have we moved to standard-based reporting?
Standards-based reporting shows parents their childs progress within the districts curriculum. With this system, parents will know how their child is progressing towards mastering standards in each subject area. Additionally parents will know whether their child is "on target" with district and state standards.
How will this benefit students?
This will assure that students within a grade level receive similar instruction and are assessed on the same expectations. This will also allow teachers to better communicate individual student progress.
How will academic progress be reported?
A student's progress on the report card is represented by a proficiency level.
What do these levels mean for parents and students?
Earning a "4" means the student has advanced and in-depth understanding of targeted expectations. This student shows initiative and demonstrate advanced knowledge at school. Though our standards are high, it is possible to achieve a "4". Teachers will provide students with opportunities to perform at advanced levels.
Earning a "3" means the student has proficient understanding and reaches the targeted level of performance. The student demonstrates the required skills or processes without making significant errors. The target for students is a "3" and indicates that they are right on track with academic and behavioral expectations.
Earning a "2" means the student has basic knowledge and inconsistent use of knowledge of the skill or concept. A "2" indicates to parents that their child is making progress, but has not yet mastered the concept or skill at the targeted level. Students at this level may need remediation to be successful in future classes in the course sequence.
Earning a "1" means the student has minimal understanding of the skill or concept. A student receiving a "1" may have some academic difficulties. A "1" indicates the student needs help to learn and make progress towards the district expectations. At the high school level, students must obtain at least a "1" for each standard listed for the course to obtain credit for the course.
Earning a "0" indicates that the student has not provided evidence of learning. Often, work has not been completed.
Students in grades 4K-8 will not receive overall letter grades. An overall letter grade will still be determined in grades 9-12. GPA and class rank will continue. For specific information, see the AFAS School Board Policy Guidelines 5421 Assessment and Reporting of Student Progress.
With the increased focus on standards-based education, more and more states, districts, and schools are implementing standards-based grading. Standards-based report cards will provide consistency between schools and teachers. Parents can see their child's specific academic development. Students will have a clearer understanding of learning goals which research shows raises student achievement.