Elementary Report Card and Middle School Report Card Committees
District 58 formed the Elementary School Report Card Committee and the Middle School Report Card Committee in January 2016 to review the District’s report cards. These committees comprise administrators and staff from every school and grade level. They formed to address concerns raised over the District’s reporting systems and to make recommendations for improvements. Both Report Card Committees sought additional parent input through a District Reporting Systems Survey.
In the 2016-17 school year, elementary report cards will continue to include information related to standards, non-academic factors such as work habits and social skills, and letter grades for grades 3-6 for reading, language arts/writing, science and social studies. The K-6 grade report cards in these content areas will look similar to previous years’ report cards.
A change will be made to the math report cards for the upcoming school year, though. The committee recommends discontinuing the print version of the longitudinal report card for math, and replacing it with a simpler version of standards-based reporting for the 2016-17 school year while the committee continues its work. The Elementary Report Card Committee will meet throughout the summer to continue refining the math section of the report card for next year and to plan for further teacher professional development.
For the 2016-17 school year, the middle school report card will contain letter grades in each subject, returning to the format from the 2014-15 school year. Progress reporting will include electronic access via PowerSchool to parents regarding student achievement.
Both Report Card Committees will continue their work throughout the 2016-17 school year and plan to recommend additional report card improvements to be implemented in the year following. They aim to develop a report card at each level that reports progress in relation to Common Core standards, accurately and clearly reflects student achievement, and communicates information in a manner that is easily understandable by students and parents. The Report Card Committees will develop draft report cards that meet the above criteria. The committees will gather feedback on the draft report cards from both teachers and parents during the 2016-17 school year, with the goal of implementing the revised report cards in the 2017-18 school year.