What's new on the Student Reports
The updated I-CANyons Student Reports will give parents of elementary school students a progress report for Term 1 and Term 2, and an End-of-Year Summary issued after Term 3 to reflect students' mastery of standards.
Term 1 and Term 2: How Your Student Is Progressing
The three indicators in Term 1 and Term 2 to report an elementary school student's understanding and progress toward mastery of the content are as follows:
- 3: On Track at this Time - Student is on track to master this standard by the end of the school year.
- 2: Progressing - Student is making progress toward meeting the standard at this time; sometimes demonstrating skills needed to meet standards, at other times showing a lack of understanding or ability to apply the concept or skills.
- 1: Insufficient Progress - Student is showing risk of not mastering the standard by the end of the year and is receiving intervention support.
Term 3: How Your Student Did
An End-of-Year Summary is provided following the close of Term 3 at the end of the school year. It will contain three indicators that reflect mastery of the standards:
- 3M: Mastered – Student has mastered this standard.
- 2NYM: Not Yet Mastered – Student has mastered some but not all of the skills necessary to consistently apply this standard to future learning.
- 1NYM: Not Yet Mastered – Student will require on-going intervention to master this standard.
Why Replace Traditional Report Cards?
In the past, student grades have included subjective factors like attendance, effort, and attitude. In the I-Canyons Student Reports, student mastery and work habits are reported separately in order to give a more accurate report of student progress. The updated I-Canyons Student Reports reflect a student's current understanding of the content, as well as a student’s progress toward understanding the content.
Unlike letter grades, the I-CANyons Student Reports do not average lower scores that may have been earned in the beginning of the semester. This format is designed to give parents a clear understanding of what students have learned as a result of their experience in school. It also gives parents and teachers the tools they need to identify precisely where each individual child needs help.
The I-Canyons Student Reports show student progress toward mastery of learning standards. They were crafted by Canyons District educators over two years' time and used in 92 classrooms in six CSD schools in 2012-2013 before their debut in the 2013-2014 school year.
The reports, updated for 2014-2015, will give parents specific information about their child's understanding of the content, now in a more informative, user-friendly format. They also give teachers and parents tools to help students succeed.
The I-Canyons Student Reports contain separate reports of the following:
- A child's mastery of academic standards in language arts and math;
- A child's learning skills that support academic success; and
- A child's growth over time on grade-level benchmarks in language arts and math.
Grading for Learning
Parents - Why and What
Parents - Why and What full
O'Connor, otherwise known as "The Grade Doctor," offered a free workshop titled "Changing Assessment and Grading: What and Why?" for parents, patrons and guardians of children in Canyons schools in summer 2014. O'Connor also conducted separate workshops with Canyons District principals and administrators during his visit to the District. A video of O'Connor's presentation can be found at iTunes U.