Report Cards and PARCC Reports

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 8:54am

Quarter 1 Report Cards will be issued on Monday, November 9th.  Parents and guardians are encouraged to take some time to review the report card with your student(s) and talk about goals for next quarter.  The letter grade represents the calculation of multiple assessments and assignments since the beginning of school.  It is important for our students to understand where their strengths and their areas of growth appear.  Please note that the report card reflects the quarterly grade also recorded in Synergy and the gradebook is recorded in Canvas; parents can access both of these electronic records.  The report card also reflects the current GPA.  With anything new, we can expect at least one glitch, so we want to alert you to the fact that course credit is awarded for ARL courses and digital education courses, even though that credit is not accurately reported as of this date; the correction will be made as soon as possible.  For this reason, we will not be able to recognize Honor Roll students within the next week since we are waiting for all of the updated record-keeping.

Another report that will come home on Friday, November 13th will be the PARCC Student Report.  The PARCC assessment details a snapshot of what students have learned and what students can do in reading, writing, and mathematics.  These assessments provide an indicator of who is ready for post-secondary education and the work force.  Only students who tested in high school for both the performance-based assessment and the end-of-year assessment in Algebra I, Algebra II, and English 10 will receive reports this week.  Current 9th graders who tested in middle school will receive reports sometime in December.  Participation is a requirement for graduation for the Class of 2016; the Maryland State Board of Education will determine next year how PARCC results will affect graduation in the 2016-17 school year and beyond. More information about PARCC can be found on MSDE Maryland Report Card.  HCPSS will host a parent information night on November 16th at River Hill High School.

PARCC is just one measure of your student's progress.  In high school especially, grades, school work, attendance, leadership & service, and balance between academics and activities are important factors that illustrate how your child is progressing toward college and career readiness.  We hope you take the opportunity to meet with teachers so that you understand course expectations and how you can support your child's success.