Elementary Students Standards-Based Achievement
Westerville City Schools' curriculum has been aligned to the Ohio Academic Content Standards in all content areas. A student's individual achievement on these standards is now measured on attainment of these learning goals.
Children and their learning are too complex to be reduced to a simple letter grade. Our new reporting system is not a grade card in the traditional sense. The achievement marks indicate a child's progress towards achieving specific grade level standards as identified by the Ohio Department of Education. This is a shift in thinking from traditional A, B, C, D, F grades to the new 4, 3, 2, 1 markings, is that an 3 is the goal for the grade level and should be celebrated. This new system will allow teachers, parents and students to monitor progress towards achievement of the standards not with just one overall mark, but in many strands found within the standards. The best example is mathematics. Traditionally, math was just math, with one overall grade or mark. Under the Ohio Academic Content Standards in Mathematics, we know Math contains many different sub-standards like: Number-Number Sense; Measurement; Geometry; Data Analysis and Probability; and even Algebra. Our new system is detailed and will inform you on the specific learning progression of your student.
4 = Exceeding Grade Level Standards (Grades 3 - 5 ONLY)
Achieving beyond grade level standards
A student earning a "4" demonstrates understanding above grade level skills and concepts.
3 = Meeting Grade Level Standards
Achieving grade level standards successfully, clearly on track
A student earning a "3" demonstrates understanding of grade level skills and concepts and requires minimal support.
A "3" throughout the school year indicates strong, excellent work at grade level.
The "3" mark is the GOAL for the grade level and should be celebrated.
2 = Progress Towards Grade Level Standards
Progressing toward achieving grade level standards with some support
A student earning a "2" has not yet met the standards but is progressing toward achieving skills and learning grade level concepts. Moderate support from teachers, parents, and/or peers is needed.
A "2" indicates ongoing growth.
1 = Support Needed to Achieve Grade Level Standards
Skills are limited, frequent support needed
A student earning a "1" is currently not meeting the grade level standards. The student demonstrates an inconsistent understanding and application of knowledge..
Intervention is needed from teachers and parents.
"HOW'S MY KID DOING? A Parent's Guide to GRADES, MARKS, and REPORT CARDS" by Thomas R. Guskey, ISBN 0-7879-6735-1
Westerville City Schools complies with the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act (ESEA) No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Provisions of Section 1119 - Qualification for Teachers and
Paraprofessionals - are met in each school operating a Schoolwide
Program - Section 1114 or a Targeted Assistance School - Section
1115. Copies of Attestations of compliance are available to
members of the public upon request.
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