November 6, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As you know from a letter sent home at the start of school, this year all schools in the Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union that have students in grades 5-8 students will not be given letter grades. For middle school students, this is only a slight change from prior years. We are approaching reporting assessments differently because we are aligning with changes to Proficiency Based Grading Requirements (PBGR) at the the state level in relation to Act 77. The purpose of this report card is to communicate with parents and students about the achievement of specific learning goals. It identifies students levels of progress with regard to those goals, areas of strength, and areas where additional time and effort are needed.
With this change, we have expanded our reporting system to include multiple ways of showing student progress in addition to the report card. These include parent-teacher conferences, report card comments, standardized assessment reports, emails and phone calls, newsletters, google classroom, school web pages, school Facebook page, teacher sites, and classroom assessment tools.
We will recognize students in grades 6-8 based on the “Responsibility for Learning” standard on the report card under each content area. Students who have a combination of E’s (Exceeds) and P’s (Proficient) for this skill will be on the Exemplary Student Roll (formerly known as Honor Roll).
Information will be provided through your individual school. You can also connect to your classroom teachers and to your school administration with questions.
Rachel Reynolds and FNESU 5 - 8 School Administrators
Click on THIS link to read research on proficiency-based assessment.