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- Denis Waitley

A Parent Guide to Understanding the

BUSD Elementary Report Card


Purpose: Standards Based Report Card

In a standard based report card your child is measured against proficiency of the standards, not other students’ performance.

The BUSD Report Card uses the following grading scale:  

Reporting Key

(3) Meets end of year grade level standard

(2) Progressing toward end of year grade level standard

(1) Area of concern

N/A Not Assessed or addressed during this trimester


The expected depth or level of understanding of the grade level standard is measured against the end of the school year proficiency  NOT against the end of the trimester proficiency.

This means...

  • Students are evaluated against what they need to “thoroughly understand” by the end of the school year.

  • This also means that during the school year, most students will demonstrate partial understanding and will be marked with a “2” showing that they are making progress and are on track to meet the standard by the end of the year.

  • If a standard is marked a “1”, this means that at this time there is concern with a child’s progress towards meeting the end of year standard. This also means that a parent, student, and teacher should be communicating about which intervention/strategies are taking place to bring the “1” up to a “2”.

  • If a standard is marked a “3”, this means that your child has demonstrated full understanding of the end of the year standard and the full range of that standard has been taught and assessed.

  • When a standard is marked “NA” or left blank, this means the standard was not assessed this trimester even though the standard may have been introduced or worked on in class.

  • Behaviors that Support Learning:  When a behavior is marked a “3”, the student is consistently demonstrating the behavior. If it is marked a “1”, then there is a concern with the behavior and it may be impacting the child’s success in the classroom.  Again, anytime a child receives a “1”, the teacher, student and parents should be communicating about methods and support to bring the “1” up to a “2”.


The state standards were designed to build upon each other as a student moves through the grade levels.  Therefore, the report cards are aligned with common language so that from grade level to grade level, you, as a parent, can see your child’s growth across a curricular area over time.


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