Elementary Progress Report Overview

  • The elementary progress report is part of the Newton elementary schools’ process for reporting student progress and performance.  The process includes two conferences and two progress reports.  Parent conferences with each child’s teacher are held in October or November and in March or April. The two written progress reports are delivered in January and in June.

    The progress report describes your child’s progress toward learning standards and expectations in each subject area, in social and emotional learning, and in effort. 

    The progress report is built upon the Newton Public Schools Benchmarks, which are aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. However, progress report items are not exactly the same as benchmarks or learning standards. Because there are so many standards in each subject, the essential skills and concepts are clustered into strands or domains that reflect the way each subject area is organized. Therefore, a single report card items may include several benchmarks or learning standards.  Further delineation of each grouping can be be found in the Elementary Progress Report Descriptors document.  

    It is important to remember that regardless of the time of year, your child’s progress is being measured according to learning expectations, not in comparison to other children in the class or grade.

    Performance Indicators

    There are three scales for indicating performance on the progress report.  The first, a 4-point scale, is used to indicate academic performance; the second, a 4-point scale, is used to indicate students' effort and engagement in visual art, music, and physical education health and wellness.  The third scale is used to report student personal and social growth as well as effort.

    Performance Level:

    Your child’s performance level in each academic subject will be indicated with 4, 3, 2, 1 as described below. 

    Level

    Student Performance Description

    4

    Consistently exceeds standard.

    3

    Meeting expectations for standard at this time of year. 

    2

    Making progress toward standard, but not meeting expectations for this time of year. 

    1

    Making limited or inconsistent progress toward standard. 

    N/A 

    Not enough evidence to assess

    Visual Art; Music; Physical Education Health and Wellness Effort and Engagement

    This four point scale is used to describe your child's effort and and engagement in Visual Art; Music/ and Physical Education, Health and Wellness

    Level

    Description

    4

    Consistently exceeds standard.

    3

    Usually

    2

    Sometimes 

    1

    Rarely

    N/A 

    Not enough evidence to assess

    Social and Emotional Learning and Effort:

    This three-point scale (3, 2, 1) is used to indicate the level of your child’s progress toward personal and social growth standards on the Progress Report.  It is also used to describe your child’s effort in academic areas.

    Level

    Description

    3

    Usually 

    2

    Sometimes

    1

    Rarely 

    N/A

    Not Applicable