A Note about Standards-based Report Cards
According to school policy, students will be assessed in my class with a "standards-based report card." This measures the following: timeliness, organizational skills, preparedness, respect, cooperation/group work, and participation/engagement. I will report to you whether or not a student is exceeding expectations (E), meeting expectations (M), or needs improvement (I).
- For timeliness, a student needs to turn in his work on time.
- Organizational skills refers to having all materials necessary for class. Does he have his textbook? Workbook? Notebook, pen, and pencil?
- Preparedness overlaps timeliness and organizational skills just a bit, but it mostly refers to having completed the work necessary for class (such as homework) as well as having studied the material, or any other task that would help him be prepared to succeed in class.
- Respect is defined by how the student treats me as the teacher but also by how he treats his fellow students. Does he put other people down because they are different? Is he rude, confrontational, or unresponsive when asked to do something?
- Cooperation and group work spells out how well a student works with others. Does he contribute his fair share? Is he willing to work in a group, or does he insist on working by himself?
- Participation and engagement assesses how active he is in class. Does he pay attention? Is he quick to volunteer to answer questions, go to the board, or do an activity?
Although these things do not count as part of the traditional grade, meeting these standards is critical for students who are becoming well-educated, valuable members of society. While the traditional report card measures achievement, the standards-based report card measures behaviors that form the foundation for academic success. A student who is consistently not prepared, does not complete his work on time, does not participate in class, does not respect those around him, refuses to work with anyone, and does not bring the necessary materials to class has very little hope of learning anything, particularly a foreign language, which so heavily depends on doing the language.