This year, parents of our elementary school students will see an improved report card for their elementary school students.
Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) has redesigned report cards for elementary students to better streamline students’ grades with Tennessee education standards in math, English language arts, social studies and science as well as the state's TN Ready assessments. The goal is that the new report card is easier to understand for you and your student.
Your student’s work is graded according to Tennessee state standards. Assignments are linked to each standard.
Grades are reported both on a standard category level and an overall score for each subject. Your student may be graded based on their mastery of a specific standard as they progress through the school year.
For example, a kindergarten standard is “Count to 100 by ones, fives, and tens. Count backward from 10.” A student who can count to 25 in the first quarter of the school year might receive an ‘A’ for that standard because the student is making progress that indicates they will master that standard by the end of the school year.
If a score isn’t available for a category, that means your student hasn’t been assessed on that standard yet at this point in the year.
Please contact your student’s teacher if you have any questions about the report card or your student’s learning.
Although scores are combined for a full-subject score on the report card itself, you can always review grades for each individual standard online using Family Portal.
To learn more about Family Portal or for help accessing your account, visit www.mnps.org/familyportal.
WHAT ABOUT HOMEWORK?
We believe homework is a valuable part of a student’s education that supports learning concepts for students and gives teachers the ability to adjust and provide unique support. In the homework section, you’ll see a completion score for your child’s homework. In elementary school homework is reported on a five-point scale:
0 - never completes
1 - rarely completes
2 - sometimes completes
3 - frequently completes
4 - always completes
You can view our homework guidelines in our full grading policy here.
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING
In the Social and Emotional Learning category, you'll see scores related to these five core social and emotional competencies and skills:
- Self-Awareness: (including identifying emotions, accurate self-perception, recognizing strengths, self-confidence)
- Self-Management: (including impulse control, stress management, self-discipline, self-motivation, goal setting, organizational skills)
- Social Awareness: (including perspective-taking, empathy, appreciating diversity, respect for others)
- Relationship Skills: (including communication, social engagement, relationship building, teamwork)
- Responsible Decision-Making: (including identifying problems, analyzing situations, solving problems, evaluating, reflecting, ethical responsibility)
A 'DR' means your child exhibits these skills regularly at a developmentally appropriate level, while a 'DO' means your child is growing in his/her ability to demonstrate these skills occasionally. Our goal with this information is that you'll better understand your child's social and emotional development as it relates to your student’s academic performance.
With this new report, Metro Schools families will find this report card to be more easily understood and as a helpful tool for monitoring their student’s academic progress throughout the year.