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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Student and State Report Cards-November 5, 2013

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:        

At the PTC meeting Friday groups of parents compared the report cards we’ve used in the past with the report card that will be used this year.  They suggested that November newsletters be used to share the reporting tool in small chunks.   Over the next four weeks, I’ll share information about report card changes.  The formatting will not be the same as the new card.  Instead, you’ll see the old and new side by side so that you can more easily compare and contrast them. 

This week I’ll be sharing information just about the MATH section on the report card.  The two columns below show what was on the old report card (left column) that could have been any grade level 1st- 5th and what is on the new report card (right column) specific to one grade.  When you look at the columns below, what similarities and differences do you notice?  Parents at the PTC meeting noted that the old descriptors were general whereas the new descriptors are specific.  They noticed that the performance key and academic key were similar but that scores on the new report card would show proficiency on year-end targets. What do you notice?

Grades 1-5


Problem Solving
Grade Level Specific-Targets-Each grade level will have skills specific to that grade level.

5th Grade Example

Divides using a 4-digit dividend and 2-digit divisor
Solves problems involving decimals
Adds and subtracts fractions including unlike denominators
Multiplies or divides a fraction with a whole number
Solves problems involving volume
Graphs and interprets points on a coordinate grid
Engages in problem solving using mathematical practices
Performance Key:
N/A=Not applicable at this time
**  Modified Curriculum/Assessment

Some teachers considered end of year expectations.  Other teachers considered end of trimester expectations.
Academic Key:
4=Highly proficient
2=Nearly Proficient
N/A=Not Assessed this trimester
**  Modified Curriculum/Assessment

All teachers will use the academic key to show proficiency on end of year targets.

Trimester Progress Key
This is the area to pay close attention to since it shows if your child is making the progress we would expect in order to meet end of year targets.
+  significant

A link to the video that describes the whole report card is below

Report cards are one way teachers communicate about a child’s progress.  Report cards are also used to show a school’s progress and the State Report Card for our school is attached to this newsletter.  State report cards began fourteen years ago when the 1999 Oregon Legislature passed a law requiring every public school and district to receive a report from the Oregon Department of Education about how they are performing overall. You will notice that the report cards issued this year are significantly different from prior years.  Elementary and middle school ratings are based mostly on the growth of each student on the State Reading and Math tests. Half of a high school’s rating is based on graduation rates.

Detailed data about how our school rating was computed is also available at the link below. (Select Beaverton in the District Selection drop-down menu).

At Sexton Mountain we are committed to using these ratings to help tailor our school improvement plans and academic programs to meet the needs of every student. During the year I will communicate with you frequently about student achievement and programs in place at our school to foster student learning and success.
If you have questions about our report card, please contact me. You may also have suggestions for improvements. Please share them!

With parties, the time change, weather change, only two days of school and a higher than normal sugar intake, it has been an odd week.  Even when things are a little off, we are still working hard at Sexton Mountain. 

Thanks for sharing your children with us!


Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower
a.k.a.  Mrs. C.-B.

THANK YOU-We are so lucky to have an active and involved community willing to do special things for our kids.  When we work together, our kids benefit.
  • Thanks to Lori Laraway for organizing treats for the staff during conferences.  Thanks also to all who contributed to the feast! Snacks are very much appreciated on the long days!
  • Thanks to all who worked so hard to make parties such a wonderful experience for our students!

Wish List-These are things or jobs that make a difference to our kids, teachers or school. Send in items or let Mrs. CB know if you can volunteer.
       Swiffer duster refills for small handled dusters will be put to good use in our computer lab.  Please send donations to the office.
       Donations of NEW child sized underwear for our Health Room.
       Volunteers needed to distribute math vocabulary words before school once a week.  Kids will wear a word in the form of a sticker throughout the day for ongoing discussion and learning.
       Donations of Bistro Height tables (Tables this height provide students with an opportunity to stand and work. 
       Donations of headphone extenders can be put to good use in the computer lab.

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