Solana Beach school board unveils progress reports

Parents will no longer see “As,” “Bs” and “Cs” on Solana Beach School District report cards.

In light of the new Common Core State Standards, the district recently unveiled new standards-based progress reports that use a numeric rubric. The old reports used a series of symbols to indicate student progress, with a letter grade for overall achievement for students in fourth through sixth grade.

Now, a “4” means a student’s performance exceeds standards, “3” means a student’s performance meets standards, “2” means the student is approaching standards and “1” means the student is not making appropriate progress.

“A very talented and dedicated committee of educators representing schools throughout our district and all grade levels worked to revise our progress reports,” said Terry Decker, assistant superintendent of instructional services, in an informational video he presented before the board during the Oct. 9 meeting. “Their goal was to create documents that would more accurately and more specifically indicate a student’s proficiency of end-of-year grade level standards.”

Intended to document and provide students, parents and future teachers feedback about a student’s progress toward achieving grade-level academic standards, as well as social-emotional growth, the progress reports cover attendance, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, technology, other curricula, and life and career skills.

Standards-based progress reports assess student performance and measure student progress against grade level standards. Because the California Common Core State Standards-aligned standards listed on the reports are end-of-year standards, Decker noted that parents might see a number of “NAs” on their child’s first or second progress reports.

Progress reports are issued three times during the school year, in October, March and June. An “NA” means the standard has not yet been taught or assessed.

Acknowledging that the revised progress reports mark a major shift for parents, the district is holding three informational meetings Oct. 15 at Skyline, Oct. 16 at Solana Pacific and Oct. 21 at Solana Ranch. All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

An informational video on the progress reports has also been posted on the district’s website at On the site, parents can view samples of the revised progress reports for all grade levels, from transitional kindergarten through sixth grade.

A task force of teachers collaborated to develop the revised progress reports during the summer.

The report cards will be used throughout the 2014-15 school year. The task force will reconvene next summer to review recommendations made by teachers after using the progress reports for a year. District staff will present the final progress reports to the board in August 2015.