An Effective Tool for Communicating Student Growth

In striving to provide a rigorous, student centered and engaging learning experience for every student, the district has revised the manner in which we report on student progress. To that end, the district has adopted a new, more rigorous set of standards for what every child should know and be able to do in each subject area and grade level and has adopted a new reporting format..

Our newly adopted Standards Based Report Card (SBRC) describes what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level in Literacy, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Fine and Performing Arts, and Physical Education. We firmly believe that the SBRC is a significantly more effective tool for communicating student growth within the grade level learning standards.

In addition to this new reporting system, we will now provide more detailed information in the Personal Development Skills section (see the enclosed sample report card). Included in this section are six Habits of Mind, behaviors that support especially support students when they do not know the answer to something. Our goal is to develop the various Habits of Mind within all of our students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. We believe it is important for all students to learn the content of the curriculum and learn how to develop a critical, flexible, and thoughtful mindset while learning. This includes skills such as persevering, inquiring, thinking flexibly, and learning from another person's perspective.

This guide provides information about the this process being integrated at your child’s school, including frequently asked questions and additional background information, a description of proficiency levels, a sample report card, further detail on the content area standards included on the report card, and a list of additional resources for parents and guardians.

Please feel free to contact my office at (978) 957-2617 or your child’s school if you have questions or concerns.

David S. Hill
Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

iParent Portal Account Information
Parents/Guardians can now set up an account in order to access certain student information in our district's iPass system.

  • iParent Letter

  • iParent Account Instructions