Parent Questions and Answers
How did the teacher arrive at this score?
Teachers use different kinds of classroom assessments to determine a student’s scores in
a specific subject (e.g., quizzes; end of unit tests; essays; written reports; projects;
observations of performances, presentations or class activities, etc.).
Do all assignments count toward the report card grade?
Each teacher makes the determination as to which assignments will be used in assigning
performance scores on the report card. Teachers also determine what weight to give
How do you take a percentage grade and apply it to the four-point scale?
This report card is not directly compatible with percentage grades that are averaged over
time. This report card represents a shift in thinking about how assessments are made.
We are transitioning to standards-based rather than percentage-based scores.
What is the difference between a standards-referenced report card and a standards-based report card?
A standards-based report card has specific criteria for each grade level and subject and
these criteria are used uniformly throughout the district. These standards are based on
district content standards and are aligned with the Washington State Essential Academic
Learning Requirements. A standards-referenced report card uses standards only as a
guide. The Bainbridge Island School District K-6 report card is a standards-based report
What are the standards on which this report card is based?
These standards are based on district content standards and are aligned with the State’s
Essential Academic Learning Requirements. In future years, a district committee
composed of teachers from all grade levels will compile and assess student work to create
standards in specific academic areas. In the meantime, teachers are meeting by grade
level teams in a grassroots attempt to improve consistency.