1702 N. Main St.
Davenport, IA
563-445-5000

Parent Initial Letter

Dear Parents/Guardians of Davenport Elementary Students,

The Davenport School District is dedicated to ensuring every student is taught and learns the content of the priority standards for their grade level. To accomplish this goal, Davenport School District is proud to introduce changes to our report card that reflect the implementation of a district-wide Standards Based Assessment and Reporting system.

The elementary report card has changed over the last year to ensure that our system of reporting student progress accurately reflects what students know and are able to do on the grade-level priority standards. Each quarter, students are given grades on the priority standards that have been taught. The standards that are reported on each quarter are end-of-the-year targets and every student is given feedback for how well they are meeting that end-of-the-year standard. After each quarter, more standards are added to the report card to reflect the additional standards that have been taught.

Grades are not a comparison of one student to another, but rather a way to measure how a student is progressing toward meeting the end-of year grade-level standards. The goal of this standards-based reporting method to the DCSD report card is to provide the teacher, parent, and student an accurate picture of student learning while providing a basis for the conversation on how to help the student be successful in school.

The following is a definition of the 4-point grading scale used to monitor how a student is progressing toward meeting the end-of-year grade-level standards. While this grading scale is the same as last year, district rubrics have been developed to ensure grading consistency and to provide feedback on the specific skills related to each standard.

B=Beginning – Students are working on prerequisite skills that will lead them to mastery of the grade-level standard in the future.

P=Progressing – Students have consistently applied knowledge and skills of all prerequisite skills, but have not yet consistently applied knowledge and skills for all of the required demands of the grade-level standard.

M=Meets – Students have consistently applied knowledge and skills to meet all of the required demands of the grade-level standard.

E=Exceeds – To exceed grade-level expectations, students have consistently applied knowledge and skills beyond the demands of the grade-level standard. If your child demonstrates 100% achievement on a grade-level standard they will receive a Meets on the report card standard.

Thank you for your support as we continue to ensure that every student learns their grade-level priority standards. Examples of rubrics are available for you from your child’s teacher and will also be a part of the conversation you have during October conferences.

Corri Guy

Director of Curriculum/Instruction/Assessments

Davenport Community School District

guycor@davenportschools.org