Riverview educators engage in standards-based grading practices. Kansas has adopted a set of core academic standards for grades K-12, which the state renamed the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS). The KCCRS provide consistent targets of what students are expected to learn as they progress through school. These standards have provided the guide for the development of the district’s curriculum since their adoption, and they are the foundation for the new state assessments in ELA, math, and science at the elementary level in grades 3-5. Academic standards are a set of learning goals for each grade level and subject area. These grade specific learning goals identify the content and skills students must achieve by the end of each school year, and become more complex as students move from one grade level to another. You may also review all K-12 KCCRS standards on the KSDE website for ELA and math.
While student report cards are just one way teachers share learning results with parents, they are an important tool in the communication process between schools and families. Parents may expect to see the following to report grades.
- Grades for students in kindergarten through second grade will be noted as 4, 3, 2, or 1.
- Grades for students in third through fifth grades will be noted as A, B, C, D, or F.
- A comment section is available for teachers to provide additional feedback.
Along with this updated grade card, elementary parents may access Skyward Family Access to monitor their child’s progress throughout the school year. The elementary report card and Skyward Family Access are just two ways in which we communicate student performance throughout the school year. Because students do not participate in physical education, music, library, technology, and art on a daily basis, grades will be posted once at the end of each quarter.
It is important to be aware that although feedback is provided on every assignment, not every grade will be posted nor included in the computation of a final grade. As educators, we know the importance and value of practice before mastery is assessed and a grade assigned. The final grade earned at the end of the quarter should never be a surprise. Communication regarding student progress is an ongoing process between your child, you, and your child’s teachers. This communication and collaboration is the key to your child’s success.
District and State Assessments - Parents will be informed of the availability of standardized test results. (see Assessments section on our website for additional information). Arrangements will be made periodically to distribute and interpret the information to parents.
Special Education and Grades - Students who are identified as exceptional will be graded according to their abilities as determined by assessment data and the professional judgment of their special education teachers.