Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are excited to announce the launch of our skills based report cards in Kindergarten - 4th grades. This type of report card assesses the most important grade level skills for each content area. These skills align with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and the district curriculum.This type of report card assessment is based upon the belief that every child can learn given adequate instruction and an individualized opportunity for practice and mastery.
The purpose of our skills based report card is to track student growth throughout the year. The goal is for each student to meet each grade level skill by the end of the year. Students may begin the year beginning demonstration or progressing towards skills but will complete the year mastering and /or exceeding the skill taught.
With our new report cards and interim reports, you will be able to gain a more detailed picture do which skills and concepts your child knows, and the areas in need of additional growth. In addition, your child's teacher will be able to target those individuals areas in need of growth during small group and individual teaching sessions in the classroom. therefore, your child will be given personalized instruction based upon specific needs, fostering the growth necessary to successfully progress to the next grade level.
Be mindful of the shift in grading, as you will no longer receive a number grade on your child's assessments, but rather authentic feedback that puts the emphasis on learning and growth. this will portray a student's strengths of individual skills.
In a continued effort to strengthen the home and school connection, all interim reports and report cards will be available in the Genesis parent portal. Make sure you have an active account and check it regularly to view these assessments. Refer to the district calendars to know when report cards and interims are available. Students in grades Kindergarten-4th grade will now follow a trimester schedule.
We look forward to implementing these skills based report cards. These assessments will help teachers continuously communicate achievement of learning with you and your child in order to plan and drive future instruction. Please review the informational brochure to learn more about our skills based report cards.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction