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Hurder: Valley View eager to provide parents with updated K-3 report cards

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 1:01 p.m. CDT
Adam Hurder

When Valley View students bring home their report card on Oct. 24, parents will notice helpful changes.

In collaboration with teachers and parents over the past two years, the school district developed a standards-based report card for students in kindergarten through third grade.

These new report cards are an extremely valuable tool for reporting each student’s progress at school. The district hopes to communicate to parents what students know and can do in key subjects, instead of simply providing a grade based on points that students have earned on homework and tests.

This standards-based approach to reporting students’ learning gives parents a clearer understanding of what is going on in the classroom.

The information is organized in an easy-to-read format and provides meaningful feedback. Parents will know the exact skills that their child needs to focus on in order to continue their progress. In addition, the new report card helps teachers identify, in detail, students’ strengths and areas for growth. This means that students will be able to work toward specific learning goals both at school and at home.

Valley View is one of many school districts that have adjusted their report card in order to align with current initiatives from the Illinois State Board of Education.

With the state’s adoption of the Common Core Learning Standards Initiative, it is vital for the district to communicate students’ progress in a standards-based format. Within Valley View, the district’s “New View” and first ever Strategic Plan also call for a standards-based approach to communicating student progress to parents.

Students in grades four and five will continue to receive a more traditional letter grade-based report card in the 2013-14 school year. However, there are enhancements to the report card in these grades, as well.

For example, teachers will be adding comments each quarter to ensure that parents receive the most valuable and detailed information about their child’s progress.

Information about all of the report cards for this school year can be found on the Valley View website at vvsd.org.

There is a button directly on the webpage that gives the community access to examples of the report cards, further information about standards-based grading, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Adam Hurder is the K-5 Math and Science Coordinator with Valley View School District.

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