Gone are the days that a kid can somehow forge that D into a B on their report card as Brainerd sets to unveil the use of electronic report cards to begin in Kindergarten through fourth grade for the 2012-13 school year.
“We’ve taken the time to talk with teachers and listen to their comments and concerns when it comes to making paper report cards,” said Brainerd School District Superintendent Steve Razidlo during the School Board Curriculum Committee meeting Thursday afternoon. “The best solution is to move to electronics for simplicity sake and help give parents a better understanding of what is on each report card as well.”
The report cards will assess each grade level on a number scale of one through four complete with a grading key for parents which includes:
• 4 = EXCEEDS expectation at this grade level
• 3 = SECURE understanding of standards/benchmarks
• 2 = DEVELOPING level of understanding of standards/benchmarks
• 1 = BEGINNING level of understanding of standards/benchmarks
• N/A = Not assessed at this time
The number grades will be a first for parents of third and fourth graders.
“This will be different for (grades) three and four, because it’s not A through D,” said Sue Sebasky, “so that’s a piece of language we will have to adjust to for parents.
“Also different will be our benchmarks. It’s common that children benchmarks will be at the end of the first and second trimesters, but with our model we’re measuring everything against the end of the year benchmark.”
Sebasky said a lot of support will be available to parents to better understanding the report card come next fall.