This is the beauty of a charter school; the development of a program that addresses the needs of its
students, and of course a supportive community. Thank you for being on the journey with us.
Report cards will be sent home with students each quarter. Kindergarten has their own report card based
on Common Core and developmental appropriateness. Following is some important information for 1 st
through 8 th grade families to help you fully understand the report cards and the educational reasoning
behind some of the changes you will see;
The report card is fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Under each curriculum
area there will be the main strands of study. Students will be assigned a grade for each strand.
If a strand has not yet been addressed, that will be indicated. For example, Social Studies for
grades 1 through 8 (for New Mexico) include the following strands –
o Government & Civics
At each grade level there are specific standards and benchmarks appropriate to that level. You
can see the standards at a variety of websites, such as www.corestandards.org if you want more
specific or comprehensive information.
Grades will now also be aligned with the language that the Common Core State Standards use.
Grades will be
o A – Advanced – students performing well beyond grade level standards.
o P – Proficient – students performing grade-level work with consistency.
o NP – Nearing Proficient – students with a conceptual introduction, but inconsistent
o E – Emergent – students not yet able to understand a concept which has been
Students will also be given marks for Work Habits and Personal Development on their report
card. Those marks will be the traditional marks that you may be familiar with –
o + indicates Excellent progress
o indicates Satisfactory progress
o – indicates Improvement Needed
Report cards will also provide absence and tardy information as they have in the past.
There is a big difference between work completed and standard proficiency. It is important to help our
parents understand that difference. Report cards are beginning to serve a different purpose in our school
society. They now are more of a formative information record of where a student is with regard to
“proficiency” and no longer the summative report that illustrates simply a snapshot in time. The
standardized testing seems to fulfill that role now as students need to pass to graduate. Interesting.