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Testing, Grades Measure Student Progress
State, district, teacher look at how a student is doing in different ways
Everyone wants each student in the district to learn. Teachers, administrators, parents, and community members all have the same goal. How can all these groups, and more importantly, students themselves, know if they are learning? Through grades and testing.
The elementary report card communicates student learning. The district’s system makes sure that report cards are consistent within the district. A key feature of the report card is that students are graded separately on life skills like effort and cooperation from what they learn in academic subjects like math and writing.
Information about student learning and the performance of the school district is gathered from a variety of sources, including district and state assessments, and from the classroom teacher. Some of the major tests include the DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills), a test used to assess reading proficiency in kindergarten through 2nd grade, and the MSP (Measurements of Student Progress), which measures student progress against a state standard. The MSP is administered in grades 3 - 8. The High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) ensures that high school students are proficient in key areas before they leave high school.
Regular parent-teacher conferences ensure that parents and teachers exchange information that can help both parties support students in their learning. Tips on preparing for student-teacher conferences and sample questions are included on this page.
After a student has graduated, they may still need to have copies of their high school transcripts sent to a college, university, trade school, or perspective employer. Links are provided on this page to find out how to request transcripts from any high school in the district.
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