The State of California has adopted standards for what students in kindergarten through twelfth grade should know and be able to do at each grade level in all core curriculum areas. Curriculum areas include (but are not limited to) - English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, and Physical Education. State testing, particularly the California Standards Tests and the California High School Exit Examination, are designed to test mastery of the state's content standards. Curriculum adoptions provide schools and school districts with opportunities to purchase curriculum materials (texts, on-line programs, and other supplemental materials) that are aligned to the state's content standards. Standards, then, truly provide a guide for everyone - administrators, teachers, parents and students -- to what students will need to know and be able to do by the end of their current school year.
During the 2004-2005 academic year, all SMMUSD elementary schools are piloting common, standards based report cards in grades 1-5. The new report cards detail specific grade level standards, thus providing detailed information to parents about their children's progress toward attaining mastery of the primary grade level standards. To see a copy of a specific grade's pilot standards based report card, please click on the appropriate grade level below:
This alignment of the district's reporting processes with state standards is necessary and has been in development for several years. The move to create a common report card across school sites also has been a goal for some time. Staff in Educational Services would like to thank the many teachers and administrators who have worked on committees to develop and refine standards based reporting during recent years. In particular, many thanks to Maureen Bradford, Principal of Will Rogers Learning Community, who developed the format and created the templates for each of these report cards. Additionally, we would like to thank administrators and staff at Will Rogers Learning Community, Franklin Elementary School, and Point Dume Marine Science Elementary for piloting earlier versions of these report cards during the 2003-2004 academic year.
For a detailed description of how to interpret the new standards based report cards, please click on SBRC explanation(PDF). Staff in Educational Services would like to thank John Davis, Principal of Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, Phil Cott, Principal of Webster Elementary School, and Alan Friedenberg, Principal of Grant Elementary School for their assistance with the preparation of this document.
All sites will send home report cards to families of students in grades 1-5 at three points in the school year:
- November (just before the Thanksgiving weekend)
- February 25th
- The last day of school in June.
Committee work intended to refine the standards based report cards and complete the preparation of a standards based report card for kindergarten continues. Additional updates, such as a posting of a Frequently Asked Questions about the SBRC, will occur to keep parents, students, and the community informed about the new report cards and SMMUSD's standards-based curriculum, instructional, and assessment system.