At the conclusion of each Marking Period (four times per year), consistent with Arlington Public Schools policy, families of students in Grades 1 through 5 receive a printed Progress Report. Students in Kindergarten receive these reports at the conclusion of each Semester (twice per year). We report on the Standards established for instruction in public schools in Virginia, by the Virginia Department of Education, and as organized by the Arlington Public Schools Scope & Sequence documents that guide our curricula.
These Progress Reports provide families with their student’s current state of Skill Mastery within each Standard. (See “Standards-Based Instruction” and “Standards-Based Assessment” for more information.) These Progress Reports are “snapshots in time,” showing the current situation at the time of the report.
You will note the conspicuous absence of letter grades. As explained throughout this section and in our literature and video, Standards-Based Instruction does not utilize traditional letter grades. At Discovery Elementary School, we provide discrete information about your student’s current Skill Mastery for each Standard, providing more detailed and accurate information about your child’s abilities. These practices are consistent with the state of the research literature, and are a core part of our child-centered educational program.
To assist you in reading the Progress Report, we’ve created some assistance graphics for you:
The Cover Sheet of the Progress Report provides both an explanation of the report and an explanation of what each of the Skill Mastery descriptors means.
The most important part of the Cover Sheet is the Narrative Comments section. This is a personalized set of comments authored by your child’s teacher, and can provide specific insight into areas of strength and growth. Additionally, information assuring that your child has been instructed upon and meets the Virginia standards for health are included, as well as any relevant comments pertaining to English Language Learning that may be required by APS policy.
Here is a sample of the Cover Sheet:
The Progress Report itself is generated from teacher entries in our Student Information System (called “Synergy”), pertaining to Skill Mastery.
If you have any questions about any information on the Progress Report, contact the teacher listed at the top of the section in question. (For email addresses, refer to the “Staff Directory” page.) For example, if you see that your child is “Developing Mastery” of a Skill, but you feel that the student “Meets the Standard” established by Virginia, that would be a question directly posed to the teacher who teaches those standards and who has daily observation of your student’s skill development. The information on the Progress Report is generated directly from teacher input, so you should contact the teacher directly whenever you have questions. If you still have questions or concerns after you have spoken to the teacher, you are welcome to contact the administration for clarification.
Here is a sample of the Progress Report: