It is a number scale (1-4--- with one being beginning skill toward grade level and 4 being exceeds grade level), which is fine. Lots of places use various methods of numbers/letters/etc.
My problem (and DHs) is that they would not give specifics. Both DDs got 4 in reading, but no details. So though they are above grade level (which I know), we dont know for sure how much or even what reading level (Fountas & Pinnell) they are working on. I actually met with the teacher (not just about this, but a few other things I wanted clarified or discussed)-- and asked her point blank about reading. I got a run-around that the district does not provide parents with reading levels, it is a multi-faceted scale based on guided reading tests, observation, sight word, etc....yes, I get that. I totally am aware that a score is just a score. But also, as an educator- I KNOW that a score can be helpful to see progress. She says they have made progress.
Quite frankly, all the report card shows is that they are at or above grade level depending on the area. Nothing specific...and some of the written comments contradict the number given (such as practice math facts in comments, one DD got a 4 in math fact knowledge).
Even though my DDs are ahead in reading, I have seen very little progress in that area at school. I dont care so much that they are ahead (or behind), but rather whereever they are - I want them moving forward. and I want proof of it. I am used to working, and sharing data with parents--- from a Spec.Ed background that is key to qualification, meeting IEP goals, and assessment.
I have seen strides in writing, math, and spelling....but they bring nothing home from reading and from what I gather (they are 6 after all so I dont think it is entirely accurate) they read to and with partners. They even said they (them and two other kids in their class) read 'harder' books than other kids so they dont work with the teacher, but read with a friend. WHAT?!?
Does your district provide testing/assessment data (reading levels, etc)?
I really like the teacher, but am frustrated at the lack of information shared. I dont want to be one of 'those' parents, but it seems so vague. If we moved and I took that report card to a new school- they would really have little to guide them in where DDs were besides at or above grade level standards (for our district).
Edited by KCMichigan, 26 February 2012 - 02:58 PM.