Hello R-PI Families,
I wanted to send out a letter to help prior to conferences letting you know that we are making some changes in our reporting of learning starting this year. We are making these changes to ensure that you as a parent have the best and most specific information possible, so you know where your child is at in their learning progression at any given time. Everything we are doing at R-PI is based on a learning focused approach.
The communication of grades should be focused on giving students and parents specific information about the progress the child is making towards the mastery of the given standards being taught; not on a single grade for a broad category. For example, a single grade in the area of reading will not provide enough information to a student or parent about what a student can and cannot yet do in the area of reading. We know that for grades to be meaningful, we need to offer precise information based on the specific standards being taught so we can tell what standards have been met and what standards still need additional work. For these reasons we have suppressed the “grades” all together at RPI and will solely be reporting on the standards for each part of your student’s day.
Please know that this first marking period reporting is going to be messy, and we apologize for this upfront. With that being said, we are not willing to wait to make the changes because this is not what is best for students or for you as parents. You deserve to know exactly where your child is at in their learning journey at Rocket City. Please know that even though the technology may not be right where we need it yet, we will be able to report more specifically to you where your child is achieving at this level on the standards that have been taught. Please know that once the technology is working, you will be able to see a live up-to-date snapshot in the new online reporting system. This online reporting will be the exact copy of reports generated at each marking period.
At conferences, you will expect to receive a standards based report, by course, that will give you specific information about where your child is currently achieving, at this given time, against the standards s/he has been taught. We look forward to sharing work samples with you from your child’s daily work during conferences. This will allow teachers and parents to have a deeper conversation about your child’s work. We believe that the new report card, the work samples, and deeper conversations will give you a better understanding of current level of progress based on grade level standards/expectations outlined for each grade level.
Please remember that every change we make is to help each child grow their learning and make their educational journey focused and rigorous. We believe that our new reporting system will bring more clarity to the individual standards your child is learning this year. We appreciate your patience and we look forward to seeing each and every one of you at conference next week.
How will I, as a parent, know when the technology is ready?
We will continue to communicate with you, offer visual steps to access the new online reporting system, and create videos to explain how to navigate and what to focus on when you are in the new system.
The information and screenshots will help you navigate the system and will provide you more information about what the new screens mean. We are excited about the amount of information we will soon be able to share with you and how the information will be more clarifying to the individual standards your child is learning this year.
How can I monitor at home?
- You can support the student by asking questions about their learning.
- What is something that you learned in your Science class today?
- What are some reflections that you have from your reading in Language Arts class?
- What was your learning target in Math? Did you move any closer to mastering the skill?
- Can you show me what you worked on today?
- What did you write about in your science journal, writer’s notebook, etc.?
- Was there anything that was a challenge today? What made it a challenge?
- Did you have any questions about what you learned today that you did not ask?
What can I do to help?
- Read and ask your student about weekly emails the teachers send out regarding learning.
- Email or contact the teacher with questions or needs for clarification.
- Honor your student when they are struggling and support them as they work through the growth.
- Recognize growth in their skills and celebrate their learning progress.
- Encourage problem solving.
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Thank you for your support, and I look forward to our working together through this exciting learning process.
“All learners, 100% engaged, All day”