Middle Elementary News 2013
With report cards just being sent out, we wanted to make you aware of the standards we use to report on several areas in reading and math. While the three 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms aren’t always doing the same thing on the same day, we work really hard to have common standards and assessments for all of our students. All of HCCS has recently been involved in some vertical alignment among the K-8 levels, and Mary, Salli and Tammy continue to incorporate this into horizontally aligning our three classrooms.
To ensure that our readers meet the end-of-the-year reading standards (Level P in 2nd grade and Level T in 3rd), we developed a new scale for marking students as E (exceeding grade-level expectations), 1 (meeting grade-level expectations), 2 (making progress to meet grade-level expectations) and 3 (area of concern) . You will be able to read more about this on your child’s report card.
Seeing a “3” on a report card is not easy, but we want you to be aware of where your child is in relation to grade-level expectations. When looking at reading levels, it is important to compare the January report card level to the reading level your student had at the beginning of the year. If your child has moved from a D to an I, for example, this is fantastic progress, even if your child received 3 on his or her report card. As readers continue on down the alphabetical scale, progress happens more slowly. For example, the expectations for a 2nd grade reader are to move from J to P (six levels) and for a 3rd grader are to move from P to T (four levels).
Similar alignment is taking place in math and the new Common Core State Standards have changed a bit in the area of operations. 2nd graders need to fluently add and subtract within 20 and have all sums of two-digit numbers memorized by the end of the year and 3rd graders need to fluently multiply and divide within 100 and have all products of two-digit numbers memorized by the end of the year. If a student hasn’t memorized math facts up through 5+9 or 5×9, they earned a 3 on the related area on the report cards (addition for 2nd graders and multiplication for 3rd graders).
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns after reviewing your child’s report card. Also, please check the weekly updates to your child’s classroom blog for current information.
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