K-8 Quarter 4 Grading

K-8 Quarter 4 Grading
Posted on 06/04/2020


Dear Parents and Guardians of Lancaster Elementary and Whitefield Elementary Students,

The end of the 2019-20 school year is approaching, and we are reaching out to you regarding the reports that will soon be coming your way detailing the progress of your child for quarter four.

The quarter four curriculum was designed to emphasize the most important goals that should be addressed during remote learning. For students in grades K-5, this included identifying four learning goals for Math, four learning goals for English Language Arts, one learning goal for Science, and one learning goal for Social Studies. For grades 6-8 we identified four goals for each class students were taking in the areas of Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.

The quarter four report card you will receive will indicate the progress your child made on each of his or her learning goals. We indicated in an earlier communication grades 6-8 would receive a pass/no pass grade; however, we decided given the times that a more equitable way to indicate progress for all students in grades K-8 is the following:


(M) - Meeting Learning Goal - the student has shown grade level performance of the goal.

(A) - Approaching Learning Goal - the student is within one year of the expected grade level performance of the learning goal.

(D) - Developing Learning Goal - the student is more than one year below the expected grade level performance of the learning goal.

(N) - Not Enough Information - the student has not been able to present evidence of his or her learning. 


In addition, the report card will contain comments from teachers to further communicate the progress shown by each student. If you have questions regarding the report card for your child, please reach out to his or her teacher(s). The Building Principals are also available to assist you if there are remaining questions after speaking to the teacher(s).

In closing, we want to thank you for all of your support and patience during this time of remote learning. While there have been challenges at times, we are mindful of the expanded role parents and guardians have played during remote learning. We look forward to collaborating with you in the future education of our children.


Mike Cronin, Principal Whitefield Elementary School

Sharal Plumley, Assistant Principal Whitefield Elementary School


Scott Holmes, Principal Lancaster Elementary School

Chuck Patterson, Assistant Principal Lancaster Elementary School


Steve Nilhas, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment SAU 36