The elementary report card uses descriptive terms of "Beginning", "Developing" and "Secure" rather than simple percentages or letter grades. These terms reflect a learning continuum:
Beginning (B): Student seldom demonstrates an understanding of concepts and procedures, while requiring consistent support.
Developing (D): Student accomplishes part of the task independently. Student can sometimes explain or demonstrate the process but may need prompting to complete it.
Secure (S): Student performance meets the demands of the task and demonstrates a firm grasp of the concepts and procedures involved. Student can independently apply understanding in different contexts.
Monitoring (M): Learning is in the exposure stage and teachers are monitoring progress, but this skills has not been assessed.
Not assessed (X): No assessed during the marking period.
At various times throughout the year, your child may begin new concepts and may be at that Beginning level of skill, or s/he may quickly become Secure in a skill area. Once students have achieved Secure in a skill or concept, teachers can expand learning opportunities to dig deeper into a concept or topic, apply the concept in a new setting, or move more quickly to the next units/lessons.
These descriptive terms also provide the opportunity to assess a child's mastery from a wide range of qualitative and quantitative data, including tests, assignments, classroom work, participation, without attempting to assign a number or percentage to qualitative observations.