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Standards Based Grading

Bloomington Public Schools recently changed how elementary students are assessed on learning and how teachers report student progress. Our goal is to more clearly outline the specific learning goals within the curriculum at each grade level. We revised the elementary progress report (report card) to better communicate information about your child’s individual strengths, progress toward mastering end-of-year grade level goals, and areas where additional development and support might be needed. For the 2017-18 school year, these changes will only apply to the English Language Arts (ELA) portion of the progress report/report card. Other subject areas will be reviewed and updated in the future.

Within the ELA portion of the report card, levels of proficiency are indicated for each essential standard within 4-6 of the following strands: reading literature, reading informational text, foundational skills, writing, language, and speaking/viewing/listening/media literacy. Standards are statements of what students should know and be able to do by the end of the year. Most students will not meet all of the year-end goals in the first semester of the school year. If you see a "2" for any standard, it doesn't mean your child is behind, as the standards are meant to be met by June. It means that your child should continue to work on that skill.