FACTS distributes report cards three times a year and utilizes a standards-based system in grades K-5. This is a very different system than most parents are used to. Standards are what knowledge and skills we want students to reach in a subject in a grade level. There are national and state standards. FACTS uses an assessment system that lets students and parents know what students are expected to learn, and then how well they have reached the goal. The middle school (6-8) report card is based on a letter/number grade scale.
Sample Grades 6 to 8 Report Card 2016-2017
What is the purpose of a standards-based report card?
The purpose of the Standards-Based Report Card is to provide more detailed feedback to parents regarding the progress their children are making toward specific learning standards at their grade level. The report card allows parents and students to understand more clearly what is expected of students and how to help them to be successful.
How does the Standards-Based Report Card compare to the letter grade system?
Letter grades measure how well students do in comparison to their classmates. The Standards-Based Report Card measures how well an individual student is doing in relation to the grade level expectations, not the work of other students. The purpose of the Standards-Based Report Card is to provide more detailed feedback to you regarding the progress your child is making toward specific learning standards at their grade level. This allows you to understand more clearly what is expected of your child and how to help them be successful academically. It gives parents a better understanding of their child’s strengths and weaknesses.
How will the performance levels be determined?
Subject level standards are set for each grade by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students’ ability to meet the learning standards will be determined by both their oral and written work.
Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)
Download the Letter to Families explaining the PSSA (Standardized Testing) and see for details.
FACTS statement concerning PSSA exam
Statement to be read by Homeroom teachers to their classes before the PSSA exams
“During the next two weeks all students in grades 3 – 8 will be taking a test called PSSA. Every student your age in the state is required to take this test.
The test is important and we want everyone to do their best. The test can help the teachers at our school figure out how we can teach you better.
Sometimes, some students end up feeling bad about themselves if they don’t get high marks on a big test. That’s especially true of this PSSA test – they have put in here questions that they know many people in your grade will get wrong.
It is important for every student to know that this test does not tell us how good a person you are. This test does not tell us how hard you work to learn new things; it does not even tell us how smart you are or how much you are able to learn.
We want you to do your best on everything you try – but here at FACTS we are concerned about more than just test scores. We want to know, do you treat yourself and others with respect? Do you understand your own family’s history and place in our city? Do you have the skills to keep on learning on your own even after you leave FACTS? These are some of the things that matter to us more than some test numbers.
At our school we love and care for all our students – kids who get high scores – kids who don’t. Every one of you is a unique and special person whose importance is not measured by just one test.
Relax. We know you will do your best.”