K-5 SCHOOL REPORT CARDS
California, like most states, is moving from the use of their own specific state’s standards to the Common Core State Standards adopted by 42 states. Standards-based education guides the content that students are expected to learn.
PSD K-5 report cards are based on the 1997 California State Standards and we will be developing new report cards based on the Common Core State Standards during the 2011-2012 school year. We intend to begin using Common Core State Standards report cards during the 2012-2013 school year. Like all transitions there will be challenges which will necessitate flexibility on the part of districts, teachers, and parents. This will also hold true for the California Assessment (Test) changes that will take place over the next several years.
California is participating in an assessment consortium with a number of other states to prepare a common set of assessments (tests) based on the Common Core State Standards. The consortium is developing new assessments that will be fully implemented by the 2014-15 school year, with field testing in 2012-13 and 2013-14. A news release describing California’s involvement with the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium was issued on June 9, 2011. Additional information about the consortium is available at the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium Web site (Outside Source).