Standards Based Reporting
The job of a report card is to clearly, fairly and objectively communicate how a child is doing in school. Standards-based report cards help students better understand what is expected of them in each subject area, provide teachers with a more specific tool to report what each child should know and be able to do during each grading period, and give parents a more detailed understanding of the academic expectations in each content area.
District 41 utilizes standards-based grading, reflecting the common core standards. The purpose of the report card is to communicate with parents and students about the achievement of specific learning goals (standards). It identifies students’ levels of progress with regards to those goals, areas of strength, and areas where additional time and effort are needed. We continue to separate effort from achievement. Effort is reflected in work habits which embed the D41 Learner Characteristics.
We use Skyward Family Access as the gradebook/report card portal. This means you can use your Skyward username and password to check your child’s assignments, grades and report cards. Please use the button 'Skyward' on the district and school websites (or CLICK HERE) to access your child’s records.
Beginning with the 2015/2016 school year, we transitioned to a five point grading scale. The performance descriptors read as follows:
5 Exceptional: Demonstrates an exceptional understanding of the concepts and performance of the skills included in the standard. 4 Proficient: Demonstrates a secure understanding of the concepts and performance of the skills included in the standard. 3 Satisfactory: Demonstrates a competent understanding of the concepts and performance of the skills included in the standard. 2 Beginning: Demonstrates a beginning understanding of the concepts and skills included in the standard. 1 Unsatisfactory: Does not yet demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and cannot perform skills included in the standard.
We use a combination of rubric grading and percentage grading. Listed below is the grading scale:
Grade Mark Rubric Grading Percentage Grading 5 4.6 - 5.00 95-100 4 3.6 - 4.5 85-94 3 2.6 - 3.5 75-84 2 1.6 - 2.5 67-74 1 1.5 and below 66 and below
*Your child’s teacher will tell you whether their subject utilizes rubric or percentage grading.
Hadley grades on the quarter/semester and their gradebooks are accessible to parents in mid-September. Elementary schools grade on the trimester and their gradebooks are accessible to parents in late-September. Directions for accessing the gradebook are viewable in Skyward.