Del Mar Union School District to unveil new standards-based report cards

By Karen Billing

Gone are the days of “As,” “Bs” and “Cs” on Del Mar Union School District school report cards. The district will unveil new standards-based report cards at the end of the first trimester of the school year and parents will learn how their child is progressing according to a scale of “E,” “S,” “D” and “B.”

“E” means a student’s performance exceeds grade level expectations; “S” means a student’s performance is secure and meets grade level expectations; “D” means the student is developing steadily toward expectations; and “B” means the student is beginning to progress.

The report cards were changed in light of the new Common Core State Standards that will go into effect in the 2014-15 school year. Work began on the new report cards in 2011 with input along the way from district teachers.

“We’re really excited about this process and the end result,” said Shelley Peterson, assistant superintendent of instructional services.

Understanding that the report cards will mark a major shift for parents, the district will hold three parent information nights on report cards: Sept. 12 at Ashley Falls School; Oct. 10 at Sage Canyon; and Oct. 22 at Ashley Falls. All meetings begin at 6 p.m.

There will also be an information video on the report cards posted on school websites the week of Sept. 16.

“We’re really trying to get in front of it before parent-teacher conferences in November,” Peterson said.

In the new report card, scores are earned based on students’ demonstration of mastery of a cluster of core curriculum standards. Effort, attitude, homework and participation are recorded separately from progress toward academic goals.

Board member Scott Wooden expressed some concern about the new report cards, wondering how it can be measured if a student is “secure” and if it could be considered grade inflation by reporting that everyone is doing great.

“I just want to make sure we’re not dumbing this down,” Wooden said.

Peterson said it is absolutely not dumbing it down, that the standards are much more rigorous and student must demonstrate a mastery and a depth of understanding.

Peterson said that the report card actually more accurately represents the present levels of student achievement and will be an important tool in “furthering clear understanding regarding student growth.”

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5 Comments for “Del Mar Union School District to unveil new standards-based report cards”

  1. Maria Ochoa

    With the new report card come new standards. With new standards come new curriculum. Right? Wrong. DMUSD is not purchasing instructional materials to support teachers with the implementation of these new standards. The district’s advice to teachers? Pull from various sources. Teachers were given websites from which to pull materials with which to teach. This is unacceptable, especially in math. Our teachers were hired to teach, not to write curriculum. Ed Code requires that schools have sufficient materials. This part of the law was suspended because of the implementation of Common Core. Districts know they are not legally required to provide instructional materials. Morally the district must DO SOMETHING to ensure each child, in each grade level, receives an equal shot at learning the new standards and being evaluated on those standards through the same curriculum. The curriculum that is to be taught, not written, by the teachers. I hope my daughter doesn’t get a first or second year teacher who pull’s her teaching resources off Pinterest. Maybe I’ll get the teacher that has years of experience and can pull from a variety of old textbooks. I guess it would be too much to ask to have all the kids work from a semi-level playing field by providing them with a decent core curriculum with which to teach the new standards.

  2. Jake Haas

    Questions that need answers during the parent information nights.

    1) Where can i preview the instructional materials being used to teach the new standards?
    2) What COMMON CORE curriculum will students use to learn the new standards?
    3) How will the district ensure that students have equal access to quality materials and instruction?
    4) How will the district ensure students are evaluated on the same performance standards across the district?
    5) Where is the district’s grading policy?
    6) What guidelines are the teachers being given to use in assessing students with this new report card?
    7) What are the performance assessments being used across the district to evaluate the students?
    8) Have the teachers been given training on the new report card?
    9) Have the teachers been giving training on grading a standards based report card?
    10) Will teachers be available to teach their students this year or will they be pulled out of their classrooms for another 10-20 days this year?

  3. Kathy Jenkins

    DMUSD may be making changes to their curriculum and report cards but the local high schools and national colleges are NOT. My older daughter just started Torrey Pines and let me tell you, their text books are over 10 years old. She is learning the same math I learned 20 years ago, the same way (lecture, quiz, lecture, test). Our children coming out of DMUSD will be poorly prepared for the rigors of high school and college at this rate. Sadly, SDUHSD is NOT making changes at all and kids are getting clobbered by the work load and rigors of a traditional program in the high school. And colleges are WAAAY more competitive now than even 5 years ago. That’s the reality and none of these changes are supporting the harsh reality of what is to come for these poor kids….

    • Kathy Bell

      SDUHSD is transitioning to common core as well, but at a more gradual rate. The new assessments will be given in English and Math only for the first time in 2015. The process is expected to take several years to implement fully.

  4. Sue

    Just curious, how does this set the students up for success as they enter High School, where grades are not only still utilized, but one of the foundations for college entrance and admissions, along with SAT scores, etc.? You’re going from “exceeds grade level” and “secure” to High School where grades, honor classes and AP are all measured by GPA.

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