Report Card Guidelines for June 2020

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Families,

Thank you for your continued understanding and support during this unprecedented time. Prior to making any decision for our school, all factors have been weighed and discussed thoroughly. Every careful decision and modification we have made while in distance learning has been under the guidance and direction of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Since each Catholic school in our Diocese serves varied communities, we have each been navigating into these uncharted waters to meet the needs of our own school community at our own pace. I am in constant and regular communication with fellow principals and leadership across the Diocese.

This is a unique time and it is new and different for all of us. Our school community focus for this last trimester has been on the learning process, not just the grades. All teachers have examined their grade-level curriculum standards and have identified the major critical concepts that would yield the most leverage for increasing student achievement and help prepare them for the next grade.

Teachers have been working tirelessly providing students with instructional work tasks and activities, however, grading student assignments, tasks and projects completed online at home is inequitable. Translated, grades collected are likely to be an inaccurate reporting of student learning.  There are factors outside of the control of the student and the school, with learning being moved off site; therefore, the aim is that student grades would be flexibly calculated as a result of remote learning.

While assessing for student learning informs understanding and mastery, grading refers to the reporting of student’s final proficiency.  For the third trimester report card grading, the Office of the Superintendent~ Catholic School Support Services will be moving to a Pass/Fail model.  Since two-thirds of the academic year has been completed and teachers have recorded data on student progress, a final grade average will be determined by the averaging of the First and Second Trimester grades and factoring in the pass/fail progress a student makes during the Third Trimester.  The recommendation on grading is based upon the belief of no educational harm to any child.  COVID 19 and the suspension of on-school-site instruction, the first in modern history, has impacted our entire society. 

Report Card Guidelines

The Nursery report card continues to be a narrative, developmental report card.

 

The Early Childhood report cards in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First and Second Grade will continue to reflect the Progress Codes (1-4) for the standards and an “X” code for “Not Introduced or Assessed” for the Third Trimester Report Card. When students receive their final report card, it will reflect their cumulative grade for each subject and in-class direct instruction. Detailed teacher narratives, based on the assessment of learning of specific and critical concepts, will be noted on the final report card.

 

Grade 3-4 Report Cards

The Grade 3-4 report cards will reflect the Progress Codes (1-4) for the standards and an “X” code for “Not Introduced or Assessed” for the Third Trimester Report Card. The yearly average (AVG) on the Student Report Card will be the average of the First Trimester and Second Trimester, while factoring in the (1-4) level for the Third Trimester, for the major Subject areas and Special Subject areas. No child’s year average will change more than a +/- 1 or 2 points. When students receive their final report card, it will reflect their cumulative grade for each subject and in-class direct instruction. Detailed teacher narratives, based on the assessment of learning of specific and critical concepts, will be noted on the final report card.

Grade 5-8 Report Cards

Grades 5-8 will shift to a Pass/Fail model, with the following levels of reporting for the Third Trimester:

 

High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, Fail for the major subject areas of: Religion, ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies.

 

  • The level of High Pass (HP) correlates with the numerical grades of 90-100
  • The level of Pass (P) correlates with the numerical grades of 80-89
  • The level of Low Pass (LP) correlates with the numerical grades of 70-79
  • The level of Fail (F) correlates with the numerical grades of 69 and below

 

The yearly average (AVG) on the Student Report Card will be the average of the First Trimester and Second Trimester, while factoring in the passing or failing level for the Third Trimester, for the major Subject areas and Special Subject areas. No child’s year average will change more than a +/- 1 or 2 points.

 

All specials (Physical Education, Art, STEM, Spanish) will reflect the Progress Codes (1-4) for the standards and an “X” code for “Not Introduced or Assessed” for the Third Trimester Report Card.

 

Thank you again for your continued support and cooperation. We are all in this together and God will see us through because God is good. Continued prayers for your health and safety.  May God, Our Father, provide us with the faith, hope and love, we all need to see this through.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

 

Christopher Scharbach, Ed.D

Principal