Standards Based Instruction

Over the past several years, South Washington County Schools has been working to personalize learning for all students. At the elementary level, one piece of this process is to improve the way schools share students' progress with students and families. This year, all District 833 elementary schools implemented a new standards-based progress report for grades K-5. This progress report helps us better communicate to parents the link between the Minnesota State Standards we teach in our curriculum and how we assess student achievement of standards.

The new progress reports give students a progress score from 1 to 4 in a number of standards. If a student has reached the beginning level of the standard, they will receive a 1. If a student exceeds the standard, they will receive a 4. The progress reports will come with rubrics called "success criteria" that clearly identifies how these scores describe student performance at each level. Most students will receive a score of 1 or 2 at the beginning of the year as they are just starting to show achievement toward the year-long standards. However, students may demonstrate scores of 3 or 4 early on as well, especially on standards that are mastered in the beginning of the year. We believe the success criteria will give teachers and parents additional information about student learning, specific to your student's learning needs measured against a standard.

District 833 began introducing Standards-Based progress reports in the 2016-17 school year in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms. In the 2017-2018 school year, District 833 brought Standards-Based progress reports to first and second grade classrooms. The 2018-19 school year is the first time the progress reports will be used in third, fourth and fifth grade classrooms. Students will be given the progress reports three times a year, once during fall conferences, once during winter conferences and at the end of the school year (via mail).

As we continue to develop and refine our grading and reporting practices, it is important that the school district have a common set of assessments and rubrics, standards and reporting measures for all students in District 833. Our goal is that these improvements will give you accurate and thorough information about your student's achievement toward a standard throughout the year. As you communicate with your student's classroom teacher(s), please feel free to inquire and ask questions about the progress reports. Your feedback is important to us as we strive to improve communication with parents.

The video below explains more about the new progress reports and how they are being used in District 833. Additionally, the parent documents linked below will help families understand how to read the new documents.

2018-2019 VIdeo for 3rd-5th Grade Families

Letter to Elementary Families - September 2018

2017-2018 VIdeo for PreK-2nd Grade Families

2016-2017 VIdeo for PreK-Kindergarten Families