At the conclusion of each Marking Period (four times per year), consistent with Arlington Public Schools policy, families of students in Grades 3 through 5 will receive a Standards Based Progress Report. We report on the Standards established for instruction in public schools in Virginia, by the Virginia Department of Education, and as organized by the Arlington Public Schools Scope & Sequence documents that guide our curricula.
These Progress Reports provide families with their student’s current state of Skill Mastery within each Standard. These Progress Reports are “snapshots in time,” showing the current situation at the time of the report.
You will note the conspicuous absence of letter grades. As explained throughout this section and in our literature, Standards-Based Instruction does not utilize traditional letter grades. At Oakridge Elementary School, we provide discrete information about your student’s current Skill Mastery for each Standard, providing more detailed and accurate information about your child’s abilities. These practices are consistent with the state of the research literature and are a core part of our child-centered educational program.
The Cover Sheet of the Progress Report provides both an explanation of the report and an explanation of what each of the Skill Mastery descriptors means.