Progress Reports, Deficiency Notices, and Report Cards
There are six grading periods in the Alvord District report card system. All students receive reports known as Progress Reports and Report Cards. All elementary students receive grade reports four times a year, and elementary students who are at-risk of not meeting standards, receive two additional reports known as Deficiency Notices. All secondary students receive grade reports six times a year. These reports include Progress Reports and Report Cards. See the school calendar for distribution dates.
Earlier this year, Alvord elementary teachers worked collaboratively to write new progress reports and report cards that will reflect student progress towards mastery of the new California Common Core State Standards (CCCSS). These new grade reports will serve as guides for parents and teachers as students transition from grade to grade and make progress towards the skills needed for college and the workplace. Though the content of the Progress Report Card and the Report Card has changed, the general reporting system remains the same.
Teachers continue to use Progress Reports to inform parents of how well a student is making progress towards the CCCSS. These reports are intended to call attention to any subject in which the child may need additional support. Teachers may include comments about how attendance, behavior and work/study habits have effected the progress grade. Progress Reports give students a chance to modify behaviors and make other changes necessary to improve the final grade at the end of the marking period.
When parents receive Progress Reports or Deficiency Notices, they should discuss the grades with their children. If parents need more information, they should conference with the teacher either in person, by telephone, or by email. Accurate information is the key to helping your child obtain the learning, bring up the grade and pass the class. Report Cards indicate a final grade and are issued twice a year at the end of each semester. In high school, final grades are recorded on transcripts and serve as an indicator of future success for college and the military.
NOTE: Parents don't have to wait for grade reports to come home. They can view attendance, transcripts, and accumulating grades by logging onto AERIES, the District’s online student reporting system by visiting AERIES for Parents.