DASD report card changing

While we end another successful school year, we also look ahead to 2010-11. One area where students and parents will see changes next year is in grading and assessment practices. As mentioned in a previous issue of DASD News, our district has been studying best practices around grading and assessment for two years. We are now ready to move forward with some improvements. Over the next couple of years we will be implementing a more well-defined assessment system and improved reporting of student achievement and work habits.

In 2010-11, report cards for some levels will see some changes. The elementary level, grades K-2 will use standards-based report cards with BL (beginning level), DL (developing level), SL (secure level), and AL (advanced level) marks. Grades 3 and 4 will use traditional report cards where the marks students earn at the end of each marking period consist of; A, B, C, and NI. NI stands for Needs Improvement as we’ve essentially collapsed the two marks of D and F in order to make clear that neither a D nor an F is satisfactory achievement in our district. An end-of-term mark of NI is an indication to all of the adults involved with that child that an intervention of some sort is indicated.

Grades K-2 Grades 3-4
AL   Advanced A   90-100%
SL   Secure B   80-89%
DL Developing C   70-79%
BL Beginning NI  0-69%

At the middle school, grades 5-6 will have marks similar to grades 3-4, with the addition of marks of A/B and B/C, indicating an intermediate mark between A and B and between B and C. Grades 7-8 have marks similar to grades 5-6 with the addition of lower marks similar to high school.

Grades 5-6 Grades 7-8
A      93-100% A      93-100%
AB   88-92% AB    88-92%
B      83-87% B      83-87%
BC   78-82% BC    78-82%
C      70-77% C      73-77%
N     0-69% CD    68-72%
  D      60-67%
  F      0-59%

More information will be made available throughout the year. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Wilson, Director of Instructional Services, at 842-6531; swilson@deforest.k12.wi.us.

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