Welcome to the Standards-Based Assessment and Reporting information page
We are pleased to announce that beginning this year, in the 2013-2014 school year, Shanghai American School Middle Schools, on both the Puxi and Pudong campuses, are beginning the integration of Standards-Based Reporting (SBR) into various subject areas. This is an exciting step towards ensuring that all students are successful at meeting grade level standards. Further, we are excited about the increased amount of feedback that students and families will receive as a result of this type of reporting system.
The new report card communicates whether or not a student is:
- Exceeding the standard
- Meeting the standard
- Approaching the standard
- Beginning the standard
The report card will be issued three times a year and provide information on student progress and proficiency in the following subject areas: Art, Health, Band, Strings, Drama, Choir, French and Spanish. Due to ongoing curricular review cycles, Humanities, Math, Science, Physical Education and Chinese will be phased in within the next two years. This means that Humanities, Math, Science, PE and Chinese will continue to use a numerical reporting system until they are ready for SBR.
The standards-based report card is helpful in several ways. First, it helps make sure there is more consistency of expectations from teacher to teacher. It helps teachers and students focus on the standards from the very beginning of the school year, giving students the opportunity to get help early if they are not making adequate progress. Finally, it gives parents information on how their student is doing based on the standards.
What is a Standards-Based Reporting (SBR) System?
A Standards-Based reporting system is designed to inform parents about their child’s progress towards achieving specific reporting standards. The reporting standards have high and challenging performance expectations for all students. The Reporting Standards reflect academic enduring understandings and the curricular standards and benchmarks.
The Reporting Standards describe what students should know and be able to do, and serve as the basis for the Shanghai American School curriculum, instruction and assessment model. The report card and reporting system in PowerSchool has been updated to provide more information to parents about student progress in relation to these reporting standards.
The “scores” that teachers will use in the SBR system are described in the following table. As you can see, we are still using the Learning Behavior system that we have had in place for the past three years. The Performance Indictors for Learning Behaviors have been aligned with the performance indicators for Standards-Based Reporting.
What is the purpose of the standards-based report card?
This standards‐based report card will empower students and parents to understand and reflect upon:
• Current learning behaviors and academic progress;
• Successes and growth;
• Suggestions for further learning.
Why the move to a standards-based reporting system?
This is about learning, not grading!
The change to a Standards-Based reporting system comes from the belief that our previous report card and reporting system did not fully communicate what students are expected to know and be able to do as set forth by the SAS curriculum.
This new reporting system will benefit students, teachers and families. It will allow students to be more aware of what is expected of them. It will provide families with a more detailed outline of the expectations in each of the affected academic areas. We believe that your understanding of what is expected of your child and how well he or she is progressing towards the goals at his or her grade level is very important and that the standards-based reporting system will assist in this endeavor.
Please see the background information from Dr. Rosen’s presentation on September 5th, 2013.