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Standards-based Report Cards


Dear Families,

As Norwich Public Schools (NPS) continues to improve teaching and learning for all students, we know that families are our most valuable partner. The Common Core State Standards [http://www.corestandards.org] set high expectations for students, staff, and schools. Achieving these career and college ready standards requires continuous progress monitoring and providing targeted support as needed. Like teachers, families need accurate and meaningful information--particularly information about student strengths and challenges in performing to high expectations--to better understand and support student learning. Standards describe what a student should know and be able to do at each grade level in all subjects.

We believe that the report cards are a positive step in better communicating grade-level expectations for student learning. The report card will provide valuable information on your student’s performance to the standards—from basic to advanced levels. The report card also provides information on your child's work habits, behavior, and effort. The standards based report card is helpful in many ways. First, it clarifies and reinforces consistent, high expectations for all NPS students and schools. Second, the report card helps teachers, students, and families focus on the standards throughout the school year. Finally, and most importantly, the new report card provides specific feedback on progress to the standards so students, families, and teachers can work together to set meaningful goals for improvement. Information on which big ideas and concepts each child has learned and what work is still needed for success in the next grade level helps ensure that your child receives additional support—at home and school—when needed.

This Report Card Handbook provides information about our report card system, including frequently asked questions and additional background information, a description of proficiency levels, a sample report card, further detail on the content area standards included on the report card, and a list of additional resources for families. I hope you will find the Parent Handbook and the standards based report card system helpful. Please feel free to contact your child’s school if you have questions
or concerns.

Sincerely,

Dr. Thomas J. Baird, Ed. D.

Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment


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