Elementary Report Cards
A working group of teachers from all grade levels met to address concerns about the ability to assess students' progress in an online environment. A survey with high participation among elementary classroom teachers (over 90%), showed strong support for a narrative style format, with one score per major subject area. There was also strong support for eliminating the social/ emotional component on report cards during distance learning. This feedback led to agreement on a narrative format report card. Students will receive a number score of 1-4 and brief comments in reading, writing, math and participation. Guidance for scoring and aligning report cards will be developed.
The first trimester will end on Friday, November 6. Conferences will be held the week of November 16-20. All conferences will be held online or via phone.
Classroom teachers will hold one whole class meeting (synchronous) at 9 am each day from Monday through Thursday. The remainder of each day will be available for conferences and preparation of synchronous and asynchronous lessons. BUSD will provide 45 minutes of asynchronous work on each of these days. Teachers will provide sufficient asynchronous work to meet the remaining requirements. Teachers who provide enrichment, ELD, intervention, and Special Education instruction will continue to provide synchronous instruction. As always, the synchronous minutes they provide count towards students’ daily total.
Friday, November 20 will be entirely devoted to conferences. Teachers will not meet with classes online or provide asynchronous work. If teachers are able to complete all of their conferences before Friday, they are not required to work on that day.
There will be no staff meetings on Wednesday, November 4 or Wednesday, November 18. November 11 is a holiday.
The previously scheduled conference day, Friday, October 30 will be a distance learning school day.
Reporting STAR Test Results
District Leaders will draft a brief uniform message informing parents/guardians about their child’s STAR test results. The message will explain the purpose of the test and its role in Distance Learning. Teachers will deliver the message to parents/guardians at or before the time the STAR results are reported.