October 8, 2015 Dear Parents of Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade Students:
The purpose of report cards is to communicate information to parents about school progress and achievement. Our Eanes ISD report cards at the primary grades (Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd) have been redesigned to provide information on specific skills and understandings students are expected to master. EISD teachers worked on this revision to provide clearer and more accurate information.
Our learning expectations are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Our teachers have identified key skills in the state standards, and they are listed separately on the report card to improve clarity and accuracy. For example, instead of a single grade in Reading, multiple skills are listed. Marks of M for Meets Expectations or NM for Not Meeting Expectations Yet will be used to provide clear information.
Children, like their fingerprints, are all unique. They learn in different ways and different rates. If a student receives an NM mark, it is most likely that he/she simply needs more time. Some skills may be marked NA for not assessed because the skill was not taught and assessed during a grading period.
Special area teachers will continue to use E (excellent), S (satisfactory), D (developing), N (needs improvement) and U (unsatisfactory) for their courses to provide feedback on the quality of work the student is doing as well as participation and behavior. We have not listed specific skills or understandings for each quarter; therefore, general feedback on quality of performance is most helpful in physical education, music, and art.
If you have any questions about the marks on your student’s report cards, first check with the appropriate teacher. If you have questions about the format with mastery feedback for specific skills and understandings, please contact Beth Keith or Jerri LaMirand at Central Administration.
Sincerely, Bill Bechtol Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment