Student Progress Reports and Report Cards
The purpose of progress reports and report cards is to communicate a student’s progress in meeting standards as well as how the student is demonstrating the learning habits that support student achievement, and to identify areas of strength and areas where improvements may be needed. The schools of the Essex Westford District use a variety of different forms of standards-based or proficiency-based reporting tools.
What are standards-based/proficiency-based report cards?
On traditional report cards, students receive one letter or number for each content area for a specific point in time which is intented to represent the student learning of the classroom learning objectives as a whole. A standards-based, or proficiency-based, reporting system is designed to better inform parents/guardians and students about the child’s progress towards achieving specific learning standards, or proficiencies. This report card benefits students, teachers and parents/guardians by:
- providing more transparency through increased information about how a student is progressing towards meeting standards;
- allowing students to be more informed and actively engaged in their learning;
- ensuring increased consistency across classrooms
- providing parents/guardians with a more detailed information about grade level proficiencies.