Dear parents and guardians of students in Grade 5,
The Washington Central Supervisory Union Report Card is intended to inform parents and guardians about what students know and are able to do. The areas for assessment are aligned to State of Vermont Grade Level Expectations, The WCSU curricular non-negotiables, and, to the national Common Core Standards. The system is designed to report to you exactly how your child is progressing toward these benchmarks.
Students are assessed in each area based on their level of proficiency, from 1-4, from multiple sources of evidence. On the 1-4 rating scale, level 3 means “on grade level”. This may also be described as “on target” or “right where he or she is supposed to be.” In this current era of high and still rising expectations for students, a “3” reflects strong student performance and a student who is progressing in learning. Using this as a point of reference, the score of “2” means approaching grade level expectations. In many cases, this can mean quite close to achieving a high benchmark. A score of “1” means a student needs significant growth, generally half a year’s progress or more, to reach grade level. A “4” means that a student is performing beyond grade level,— that he or she is fast or fluent with grade level material,—and is able to comprehend and articulate understandings that would be expected of a student in a higher grade.
In grades 7 and throughout U32, students are graded exclusively with letter grades. Currently, the reporting system for WCSU is being revised. The standards-based reporting that you are accustom to from previous years, will continue with your child in grades 5 and 6. When your child enters grade 7, you can expect a reporting system appropriate to Middle and High School. Nonetheless, scores are based on standards and proficiency and not exclusively dependent on letter grades.
I hope I have been able to convey to you the purpose of standards based reporting and the rationale for Berlin continuing with this system through the end of grade 6. Please contact me if you have any further questions.
Carol Amos, Principal