Standards describe what a student should know and be able to do at each grade level in all subjects. For several years, the Coeur d'Alene School District has used and adjusted a report card for elementary students that reports progress to the standards. This "standards-based" report card was piloted in several schools and installed in 2006. It was well-received by parents, families, and teachers as a positive step in better communicating grade-level expectations for student learning. The report card now is being used in each of our district's elementary schools and will provide valuable information on student’s performance to the standards—from minimal to advanced levels. The report card also provides information on a child's work habits, behavior, and effort.
Why a Standards-based Report Card?
- First, it clarifies and reinforces consistent, high expectations for all Coeur d'Alene School District elementary students and schools.
- Second, the report card helps teachers, students, and families focus on the standards throughout the school year.
- Finally, and most importantly, the report card provides specific feedback on progress to the standards so students, families, and teachers can work together to set meaningful goals for improvement. Information on which big ideas and concepts each child has learned and what work is still needed for success in the next grade level helps ensure that your child receives additional support—at home and school—when needed.