Elementary Standards-based Report Card

Embed gadget


In Durham Public Schools (DPS), we envision a student-friendly report card with clearly defined learning targets aligned to high-quality, balanced assessments. Our standards-based report card seeks to provide meaningful feedback so both students and parents can track student progress toward mastery of key academic concepts and standards, reflect upon strengths and areas for improvement, and identify multiple pathways to deeper learning.

Standards-based grading communicates how students are performing on a set of clearly defined learning targets called standards. The purpose of standards-based grading is to identify what a student knows, or is able to do, in relation to pre-established learning targets.

A standards-based report card lists the most important skills students should learn in each subject at a particular grade level. Within the standards-based report card, clusters are used as “umbrellas” to smaller groups of standards.  DPS uses clusters in order to reduce the number of standards listed on the actual report card, resulting in a more concise document.

Students receiving AIG, EC, and/or ESL services will receive district supplemental documents describing a student’s progress regarding specialized services.

Parents may request a conference with the teacher to discuss their student’s progress and ways to support their learning in and out of school.

Rating Scale for Standard Course of Study

Student performance is shown with levels of 1 to 4 to indicate whether the student has met the expectations set by the state in the Standard Course of Study. Teachers use summative assessments and other recent evidence to determine the student’s level of proficiency for a grading period . The descriptors for each level have been aligned to the expectations of the Standard Course of Study (Common Core State Standards and NC Essential Standards) for all content areas. The levels and descriptors (within a cluster) are:

  • Level 4 - Exceeds All Standards

  • Level 3 - Meets All Standards  

  • Level 2 - Meets Some Standards

  • Level 1 - Does Not Meet Standards  

Non-academic Behaviors

Students will receive grades (C=consistently, S=sometimes, or R=rarely) for non-academic behaviors. In reporting on non-academic behaviors, the teacher will indicate whether the student:

  • Takes responsibility for learning

  • Respects authority, peers, and property

  • Follows directions

  • Completes classwork on time

  • Completes homework on time

  • Demonstrates effort

  • Participates in class activities

  • Collaborates effectively with peers

  • Cooperates in Art Class

  • Cooperates in Music Class

  • Cooperates in P.E.