Standards Based reporting seems helpful. It provides teachers and parents with specific information. Instead of giving your child a B in Reading, you will now know that your child is proficient at knowing letter names but might not be meeting expectations in reading sight words. At the same time, however, the terminology used in some of the report cards could catch even the best parents off guard at their next parent teacher conference.
In the next few weeks, I'm going to do a series called, "Decoding Report Card Talk." I will list for you some of the terms that you may encounter on your child's report card, give you questions for the teacher to guide you toward understanding the problem areas, and help you search for a solution if your child is having difficulties.
Here are some of the topics I'll be tackling. I pulled each of these standards off report cards that I viewed from local schools.
- Demonstrates understanding of Concepts of Print.
- Recognizes lowercase/uppercase letters
- Can recognize sight words as presented
- Reads first grade text fluently
- Applies Decoding Skills
- Knows beginning, middle, and end consonants, Blends consonant sounds, knows short vowels, knows long vowels