Conversations with Report Cards



    Conversations with Report Cards

    Posted by Kristina Clecak on Jan 23, 2017

    Connecting, Collaboration and Communication is NOT just an initiative with 21st Century learning, but also a positive attribute playing out in parent-teacher conferences across the nation. Never has it been more imperative to help support all of us along the new Standard Based instruction and learning. Some of our SchoolCity customers know this too well and are capitalizing on the Report Card module we have available in our product. Making it that much easier to have all features in one area to impact instruction and cut down time.


    Many districts are pushing towards a Standards Based Instruction for Report Cards but it is a healthy discussion amongst school teams and staff. Read ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)‘s article below on the Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading.


    As reported by Kathy Harris, well respected Director in the Oak Grove School District’s Educational Services Division, Oak Grove elementary report cards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and reflects update in our curricula and instructions.  Parents will find: students’ progress on a four-point rubric, how students are following the behavioral expectations (PBIS), and programs provided by the school.  Teachers indicate that is much easier filling out the report cards using the SchoolCity system than the handwriting report cards in the past.  We are most proud of our CCSS Alternative Report Cards for students in special needs.


    Veteran third grade teacher in the Oak Grove School District, Stacey Ramos, describes the Standards Based Report Cards as a “communication tool that allows teachers and parents to use the same language when discussing their child’s academics. Although there have been other communicative tools in the past with grades, this allows more cohesive communication with our communities and blends into multiple academia.”

    We’d love to hear about where your school team is on this topic. Have you switched over to Standard Based Repot cards? Is it in the works or on the table to discuss?

    Topics: Test Data, assessment, Reporting, common core state standards, CCSS, Classroom Instruction, Curriculum

    Written by Kristina Clecak

    Kristina has been in public education for nearly 20 years. Serving as Lead Principal, Equity Data Instructional Coach and Classroom teacher at various grades. Her skills set and laser-like focus of Instructional pathways, mindset and data-driven goals have been at the heart of her work. Awards winning practitioner who holds multiple Masters degrees and Nationally Board Certified & Recognized in K-12 Literacy, she is no stranger to on-going, life time learning. She will continue to say her greatest accomplishment and purpose remains with equitable and cultural responsive and enlightened instruction for ALL students. Inclusive opportunities and the greatest expectations, along with support for all students, is her daily drive. She serves as the Senior Account Manager and Educational Innovation specialist for SchoolCity, Inc and continues her passion for Student Success, Quality of Instruction and Digital Platforms that reach all Students in their learning.

    Imagine a dynamic, equitable and effective "city" full of innovation, collaboration, educational drive and inclusivity for all, while overlapping with digital brilliance. Welcome to SchoolCity Suite, a place for all professional learning communities to thrive and make an impact.




    Did you know...

    SchoolCity continues to replicate and mimic current academic technology tools and make on-going adjustments, with various Technology Enhanced Items (TEI). Thus supporting students all year round to better prepare for true mastery of all skills and standards in a given grade.
    • Constructed Response (CR Items) - Requires a written response from the students and is scored with a rubric.
    • Evidence Based Selected Response (EBSR) - Requires students to answer a two part question in which Part B provides textual evidence for the answer in Part A.
    • Explicit Constructed Response (XCR)- Requires students to type / write an exact response to a question which is then automatically scored by the system in the online assessments. (aka short answer)
    • Hot Text (HT) - Require the student to select words, phrases, or sentences within a given text to answer the question.
    • Inline Choice (IC) - Requires the student to select the correct answer from a drop down menu. Answers are automatically scored by the system.