Report cards are often criticized for being difficult for parents to understand. Early childhood educators often disagree about grading young children in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and 1st graders. Some early childhood educators do not agree with giving young children grades. Sarasota County Schools are moving forward with implementation of a new report card for kindergarten and 1st grade students. The new report cards are being implemented to reflect the new Common Core Standards that the state has already implemented.
The new report cards for kindergarten and 1st grade students are standards-based with the grading system. The grading scale reflects student progress toward the new state standards with a scale of 1-4. Parents will be able to easily understand the new wording in the categories of skills on the new report card. The category titles and descriptions of the skills reflect the new Common Core standards. The descriptors for the skills are clear and concise.
The section of the new report card that describes the responsibility of the learner to master the necessary skills will be of particular interest to parents. The wording on the new report card will enable parents to ask more detailed questions about their child's progress when attending parent-teacher conferences.
Teachers will also appreciate the new format for the improved report cards for kindergarten and 1st grade. More consistent expectations for young children will be reflected in the wording of the new report cards. Teachers will also have more consistent focus on standards by using the new report cards. The report cards also provide for recording individual instruction information. Grade level expectations are clear for each teacher to use.
Sarasota County Schools expect a favorable response to the new report cards from both parents and teachers. Your child's teacher and the administrators welcome feedback from parents.