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 each child’s progress toward learning standards and expectations in each subject area, in social and emotional learning, and their effort. 

    This reporting system does not measure children’s performance compared to one another, but instead measures progress towards learning standards.  

    The progress report is built on the Newton Public Schools’ Learning Standards, which are aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Progress report items are categories which include many learning standards. The Elementary Progress Report Descriptors give more information about each progress report item, and can be found here.   The Curriculum Overviews for each grade, which outline key understandings in each content area, can be found here.

    Again, regardless of the time of year, each child’s progress is being reported 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 3-point scale, desribes each student's personal and social growth. 
    • The second, a 4-point scale, describes each child's performance level in relationto academic learning standards.  
    • The third, also a 4-point scale, is used to indicate students' effort and engagement in visual art, music, and physical education health and wellness.  

     

    Social and Emotional Learning Performance Indicators:

    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


     

    Academic Performance Level Indicators:

    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 inconsistent progress toward standard. 

    N/A 

    Not applicable


     

    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