Student Status Reports
The "Student Status Reports" are distributed to parents five times per year (at the end of each quintile), but can be printed from the computer at any time of need. The reports keep a continuous record of a child’s progress during the school year in each of his/her courses. The following are answers to questions parents may have regarding the reports.
QUESTION: How are Status Reports different from traditional reports?
ANSWER: Traditional report cards give parents a general idea how their child is performing in class. When a student receives a ‘B’ in mathematics, it means he/she is doing well in mathematics; however, it gives no information as to what the student has specifically learned. The Status Report provides grades in mathematics; however, it breaks up the course into "essential units" (outcomes). Teachers evaluate students for mastery of each essential unit and this becomes part of the report. Therefore, the parents not only have a better idea of what their child has learned, but they know what their child has actually mastered. This ensures that the child does not miss learning important concepts.
QUESTION 2: What is Mastery Learning?
ANSWER: Each learning area or subject is broken up into essential units (outcomes). Teachers provide a program of instruction for each of these essential units. Teachers evaluate each student for mastery of the concepts and skills. A variety of evaluation tools are used including written tests, projects, direct observation, and student activities. Students who do not completely master an essential unit are given additional instruction directed at a variety of learning styles to effect students’ progress toward mastery. The process of re-teaching and evaluation continues until the essential unit is mastered.
QUESTION 3: What is the difference between an ‘A’ and a ‘B’?
ANSWER: We believe all children can and do learn. Our teachers teach and re-teach until the essential unit is mastered. Therefore, a ‘B’ denotes the student has mastered the material and knows it well. The grade of ‘A’ not only indicates that the student has mastered the material well, but is able to consistently demonstrate higher order thinking and performance skills such as problem solving, analysis, creativity, etc. This also implies in depth applications of the content of the essential unit (outcome).
QUESTION 4: What is the difference between a ‘D’ and an ‘H’?
ANSWER: An ‘H’ means the essential unit (outcome) has been placed on hold. The teacher may determine it best for the student not to pursue this outcome at the current time. It may be that the student needs other background knowledge or skills before he/she continues to work on this unit or it is interfering with the progress the student is making with another unit. At the right time the teacher will have the student re-engage in the outcome. A ‘D’ is given when the student has not made a reasonable effort and is thus not attaining mastery of the unit. This grade is temporary and is changed to a ‘P’ (in progress) when the student returns to an acceptable work pattern or to an ‘A’ or a ‘B’ when the student demonstrates mastery of the unit.
QUESTION 5: What are Success Orientations?
ANSWER: In the traditional report card teachers often include student behavior and attitudes as part of the grade. We believe grades our students receive should be based on knowledge and competencies they have actually mastered. The "Success Orientations" are generally accepted values that include trustworthiness, responsibility, kindness/politeness, concern for others, group interaction (how well we work with others), aesthetic appreciation (respect for our environment and appreciation of our surroundings), and independent endeavor (how well we learn and study on our own). A grade of ‘S’ (success) in these areas means the student has demonstrated that he/she has been successful in the orientation. A grade of ‘E’ (exemplary) means the student has been observed to have demonstrated an unusually high standard in the orientation. A grade of ‘N’ (not yet) means the student is still working on being successful in a particular orientation.
QUESTION 6: What does the bar graph below the Competencies and Knowledge section on the Status Report mean?
ANSWER: This area of the report lists information with reference to the three skill areas of instruction found in the elementary program: Reading, Language Arts, and Mathematics. Our computerized data bank compiles mastery of these core area outcomes and expresses them as a bar graph and as a percentage of outcomes that are mastered through the nine years of elementary school.
QUESTION 7: Does this type of reporting system cause problems when my child returns to a school that uses a traditional report card?
ANSWER: No! Even though many schools use traditional types of report cards, there are many differences in the reports from one school to the next. Many schools no longer use the A, B, C, D method of grading. When our students transfer to a new school we send copies of the status reports and a brief school profile that describes the curriculum. Students who transfer while they are in our secondary program receive an official transcript that is standardized to meet the needs of other secondary schools and universities.