Grading and Progress Reports

At SLLIS elementary schools, we do not use overall letter grades or number grades.

We report student learning with two specific tools throughout the school year: Narrative Progress Reports and Student Portfolios.

Narrative Progress Reports

The Narrative Progress Reports take a snapshot of your child’s progress each quarter and are designed to answer three important questions for parents:

  • Do the teachers really know my child?
  • Do the teachers know what my child is mastering?
  • Do the teachers know where my child is struggling?

Teachers will provide the following information in a Narrative Progress Report:

  • The units, short projects and long projects the class experienced
  • How your child approached the work, including what questions they asked
  • Which discoveries they made that inspired further study
  • Physical, intellectual and socio-emotional development

Our teachers use the Missouri Show-Me Standards and Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) to plan the sequence of skills introduced in each subject area at each grade level.

If you have questions about how your child is progressing on any subject-specific skill, please ask your child’s teacher to explain when and how it is being introduced in the classroom and how your child is mastering it.

Each year, SLLIS distributes checklists of each set of GLEs for your reference. Teachers do not produce a tally of each checklist for the progress report.

Narrative Progress Reports will be distributed at the end of each grading quarter.

Student Portfolios

Our Student Portfolios are designed to answer slightly different questions for parents:

  • What is my child producing?
  • Which elements of his/her work make my child proud?
  • How does my child synthesize complex ideas?
  • What does my child know about his/her own learning?

Children build their Student Portfolios throughout the school year, selecting pieces of their work that represent a variety of concepts, skills and understandings from each unit. Students learn to reflect on each piece in their portfolio and, with some assistance from their teachers, explain their selection of each piece in the portfolio. The portfolios remain in the classroom.

During the last six weeks of the school year, students present their portfolios as part of our culminating learning celebration.

Because reporting student progress and success is a difficult task, we are committed to reviewing our process annually by convening a Progress Report Focus Group – filled with teachers and parents — to review our process.