Standards-Based Report Cards Adopted in All 5 Montville Township Elementary Schools
Letter Grades Will Be Phased Out in All Five Elementary Schools by 2021
At the September 25, 2018 Montville Township Board of Education meeting, Andrea Woodring, Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, gave a presentation on changes to the district’s elementary report cards that have been implemented for the 2018-2019 academic year. The district will continue with its implementation of Standards-Based Report Cards (SBRC) for grades K-5 which began during the 2013-2014 school year. This year the district will begin phasing out letter-grades for students in grades 3. Grades 4 and 5 will continue to receive letter grades in addition to the standards-based report cards. Letter grades will be phased out in Grade 4 in 2019-2020 and in Grade 5 in 2020-2021. In addition, the marking periods for grades K-5 will shift from quarters to trimesters. With this new approach report cards for Montville Township students in grades K-5 will now be issued only three times per year.
The SBRC is designed to inform parents about a child's progress toward achieving specific learning standards and skills. On a traditional report card, students receive one grade for reading, one for math, one for science, etc. On a SBRC, each subject area is further expanded by a list of skills and knowledge students are responsible for learning. The teacher provides a separate progress indicator for each standard. The purpose is to provide meaningful, detailed feedback to parents regarding the progress their children are making towards mastery of the standards.
The Progress Indicators are:
ES - Exceeds Standard
MS - Meets Standard
AS - Approaching Standard
PS - Progressing toward Standard
BS - Beginning Standard
BG - Below Grade Level Standard
N/A - Not Assessed at this time
The use of a trimester report card schedule will provide more time for students to learn and demonstrate proficiency/mastery. It provides a longer period at the start of the school year to enable students to become acclimated before baseline testing and grading for the first report card occurs. It also provides more flexibility for teachers in pacing to help ensure student mastery of the curriculum.
All five of Montville Township Public Schools’ elementary schools have adopted the SBRC and trimester system and will begin phasing out letter grades this school year for grade 3. This includes: Cedar Hill Elementary, Hilldale Elementary, Valley View Elementary, William Mason Elementary and Woodmont Elementary.
Trimester report card periods for the 2018-2019 Montville Township Public Schools’ five elementary schools will be: September 4 to December 7, 2018; December 10, 2018 to March 18, 2019 and March 19 to June 20, 2019.
Montville Township High School and Robert R. Lazar Middle School students will continue to receive letter grades on a quarterly basis.