Yesterday, your student was sent home with a Quarter 1 Progress Report. We attached to that, an individualized report of the first Arizona State and Cambridge Standards to be measured in the language arts and mathematics. These reports are not very robust or detailed, so I would like to make a few notes on interpretation!
When reviewing your student's individualized reports, please keep in mind that we employ standards-based grading at ASU Prep. Rather than entering scores, numbers or percentages, we report on student progress using a FAME scale (Falling Below, Approaching, Meeting or Exceeding). For those areas where you find your student Falling below or Approaching the standard, it is possible that this is new learning material for your student, or perhaps they are struggling to master the skill. All students should experience (continually) the introduction of new skills that will require periods of Approaching mastery. As they Meet or Exceed a standard, we would expect that the instructors present new standards and challenges, cycling back to a period of growth and Approaching the mastery of a new skill.
With that being said, it is important to understand that the "point scales" or "averages" calculated by the grading system do not accurately represent your student's overall performance. Throughout the year, you should see the breadth of scores (F, A, M, E), as your student grows and develops.
It is normal for students, at this point of the school year, to be Approaching a number of academic standards. We will report on these same standards, as well as additional areas, at the conclusion of the quarter, and we anticipate to see growth in all areas.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.