Standards-based grading communicates how students are performing on a set of clearly defined learning targets called standards. The purpose of standards-based grading is to identify what a student knows, or is able to do, opposed to simply averaging grades/scores over the course of a grading period. This allows teachers to be clear about what a student has learned, or not learned, in a specific course. It also gives you, the parent or guardian, a more detailed and accurate assessment of how your child is progressing academically.
The standards-based report card is a shift from a traditional report card in several ways:
1. There will be no traditional letter grades on your child’s report card
2. Report cards will reflect the progress that your child has made on specific skills selected
3. from the academic standards in each content area.
Your child’s progress will be evaluated based on the following:
EXPLORE THE PARENT GUIDE BELOW TO HELP YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND THE ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS OF A STANDARDS BASED TEACHING, LEARNING, ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING SYSTEM.
Each year, your child will be assessed using the MAP Growth tests from NWEA. These tests are given digitally on a computer or IPad. The purpose in giving the MAP Growth tests is to determine each student’s instructional level while measuring their academic growth in math and reading.
Explore the guide below to help your family better understand the MAP growth report.
We utilize the comprehensive Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System to determine students independent and instructional reading levels. This assessment allows teachers to plan for effective instruction, observe student reading behaviors and identify students who need intervention.
Explore the Parent Guide below to see where students should be at each grade level at different times of the year.
Here at AISE Primary, our commitment to move our students towards becoming lifelong readers and writers is a top priority. To help foster that kind of success, we implement a number of strategies including a workshop approach. Our student-centered approach aids our ability to promote literacy skills that develop far beyond one classroom or school year.
The following document gives an overview of the philosophy and classroom routines related to reading and writing workshop.
AISE Primary strives to develop proficient students who have the skills and knowledge to think and reason mathematically. Our goal is to prepare each student to problem solve, think critically and succeed in a changing world. With this in mind, we are currently implementing the carefully sequenced Eureka Math curriculum.
Watch the Engage NY Parent Introduction video to learn how to better support and guide your student through the program.
At AISE, we love that our campus is full of learners from a variety of cultures and backgrounds! The majority of our student population is made up of multilingual learners. We focus our teaching not on just academic content, but English language skills students need to be successful in and out of the classroom. With this in mind, we use the WIDA framework of supporting, teaching and assessing students. We encourage the use of both your native language and the English language in your home.
The following document gives an overview of the WIDA framework and philosophy.