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Elementary School Report Cards

Charles County Public Schools has updated the elementary report card for the 2013-2014 school year. The new report card is aligned with the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by the Maryland State Department of Education.

The new report card will look very similar to previous versions. The grading scales remain the same, and detailed explanations of these grading scales are printed on the report card envelope.

Students will still receive grades for all of the major subject areas. Each subject area also has performance indicators. These will give parents additional information on how the student is progressing in specific skills and strategies.

Teachers will now complete the report electronically. Parents will still receive a paper copy each quarter.

The report cards are now grade specific. This allows for each grade level to provide more detailed information concerning the skills and strategies being taught and assessed.

In math, some skills have been shaded out in the first and/or second quarter. This indicates that the skill has not been taught during that marking period.

Listening and Speaking has been added as its own subject area because this is a separate standard in the Common Core State Standards. This addresses listening comprehension and includes activities in which students participate in and contribute to academic discussions.

Health is no longer a separate subject area on the report card. Health is still taught at every grade level, but has now been integrated into reading and writing instruction.

Prekindergarten students are evaluated in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking, mathematics, personal and social development, fine arts, physical development and content. Prekindergarteners receive two report cards a year, one after each semester. Prekindergarten students earn the following letters in each category marking a student's progress in each subject:

  • C = Consistently demonstrating indicates that the student is making appropriate progress of the skill towards mastery.
  • D = Developing indicates that the student is making progress towards the skill, but at this time has partial understanding or inconsistent performance.
  • N = Not yet demonstrating indicates that the student's progress is not satisfactory at this time.

Below is a sample report card for a Pre-K student


Sample Pre-K Report Card

Each subject area includes Performance Indicators, which describe the skills and strategies for the subject area and grade level. Pre-K students receive ratings of C, D or N for their performance in each of the areas.

Most Performance Indicators span instruction over multiple grading periods, and indicate end-of-year expectations. Parents will be able to use the Performance Indicators to see their students' progress towards mastery. In some instances, a Performance Indicator will be shaded out. This indicates that the skill or strategy has not yet been introduced, so it is not assessed for that quarter.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to communicate regularly with the school and teacher regarding a student's performance and progress. Questions concerning a specific performance grade should be directed to the classroom teacher.

Each elementary school report card has an area for teachers to make individual comments on a student's progress each quarter. Student attendance is also included on the report cards for the quarter, semester and year.

Students in kindergarten, first and second grades are evaluated in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking, mathematics, social studies, science, music, art, physical development and content. They receive four report cards each year. Letters are given in each category marking a student's progress in each subject at the end of each quarter. The letters are as follows:

  • C = Consistently demonstrating indicates that the student is making appropriate progress of the skill towards mastery.
  • D = Developing indicates that the student is making progress towards the skill, but at this time has partial understanding or inconsistent performance.
  • N = Needs improvement indicates that the student's progress is not satisfactory at this time.

Below are sample report cards for kindergarten, first- and second-grade students.

                         

 
Sample Kindergarten Report Card Sample First-Grade Report Card Sample Second-Grade Report Card

Each subject area includes Performance Indicators, which describe the skills and strategies for the subject area and grade level. Teachers use the same evaluation codes for their performance in each of the areas.

Most Performance Indicators span instruction over multiple grading periods, and indicate end-of-year expectations. Parents will be able to use the Performance Indicators to see their students' progress towards mastery. In some instances, a Performance Indicator will be shaded out. This indicates that the skill or strategy has not yet been introduced, so it is not assessed for that quarter.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to communicate regularly with the school and teacher regarding a student's performance and progress. Questions concerning a specific performance grade should be directed to the classroom teacher.

Each elementary school report card has an area for teachers to make individual comments on a student's progress each quarter. Student attendance is also included on the report cards for the quarter, semester and year.

Students in grades three through five are evaluated in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking, mathematics, social studies, science, music, art, physical education and learner characteristics/personal responsibility. Fifth-grade parents will notice a difference in music grading. Students have the option of participating in chorus, band or orchestra, and the report care will reflect the focus area. Third, fourth, and fifth graders receive four report cards each year. Letters are given in each category marking a student's progress in each subject at the end of each quarter. The letters are as follows:

  • A = Excellent performance
  • B = Good performance
  • C = Satisfactory performance
  • D = Minimal performance
  • E = Unsatisfactory performance

Below are sample report cards for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students.
Sample Third-Grade Report Card Sample Fourth-Grade Report Card Sample Fifth-Grade Report Card

Each subject area also includes Performance Indicators, which are the skills and strategies for the subject area and grade level. Students receive numerical ratings for their performance in each of the areas.

Performance Indicators

  • 3 = Consistently Demonstrating

  • 2 = Developing

  • 1 = Needs Improvement

Most Performance Indicators span instruction over multiple grading periods, and indicate end-of-year expectations. Parents will be able to use the Performance Indicators to see their students' progress towards mastery. In some instances, a Performance Indicator will be shaded out. This indicates that the skill or strategy has not yet been introduced, so it is not assessed for that quarter.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to communicate regularly with the school and teacher regarding a student's performance and progress. Questions concerning a specific performance grade should be directed to the classroom teacher.

Each elementary school report card has an area for teachers to make individual comments on a student's progress each quarter. Student attendance is also included on the report cards for the quarter, semester and year.

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