Please remember that our Nevada Academic Content Standards are designed to prepare students for college and careers, after graduating. To that end, the standards build on one another, vertically across grade levels, and horizontally across subjects. In addition to mastering content knowledge, our standards are designed to teach our students to be thinkers and problem-solvers. Students must regularly apply the knowledge they are learning in new and different ways.
As you review your child's progress regularly on Parent Portal, it is important to note the difference between formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments are only worth 10% of a student's grade and are a way to pre-assess or take a quick snapshot of what a student knows before or during a unit of study. Formative assessments are usually quizzes or in-class activities that help students to see where they are and provide information to teachers on what instruction specific students need. In contrast, summative assessments reflect what a student can do at the end of a unit of study. Summative assessments are worth much more, up to 90% of a student's grade, and may take the form of a project, test, or written assignment. Summative assessments in middle and high school are usually presented as final exams. While we don't have final exams in elementary school, your child will complete a number of summative assessments and projects at the end of units throughout the year. These assessments will have much more impact on students' grades than formative assessments.
Thank you for checking in with your child and talking about their academic progress throughout the year. As students learn to reflect on their learning and see their own growth, they will take pride in their academic accomplishments. By signing your child's progress report every three weeks, you indicate that you and your child are aware of the progress made so far this year. Please don't forget to use progress reviews at home as a time to celebrate with your child or refocus their efforts on learning.
Have a great week!