Metro Schools Makes Changes to Middle School Report Cards
This year, parents of our middle school students will see a different report card.
Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) has redesigned report cards for these grade levels to better streamline a student’s grades with state of Tennessee education standards in the areas of math, English language arts, social studies and science and the state's TN Ready Assessments. The ultimate goal is that the new report card is easier to read and understand for our families and that it is a useful tool families can use throughout the year to monitor their student’s progress.
Grades are reported at both a standard category level and an overall grade for each subject. Category scores are reported on a scale from 1 – 4 while the overall grade will be the traditional letter grades A, B, etc. Your student may be graded based on their current level of mastery of a specific standard or group of standards relative to the expectation for a given point in the year.
Also, students are being asked to reflect on learning expectations which helps them understand the whole process of learning a new concept rather than just solving a problem.
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.
If a score isn’t available for a category that means your student hasn’t been graded on that standard yet at this point in the school year.
WHAT ABOUT HOMEWORK?
We believe homework is a valuable part of a student’s education that reinforces learning concepts for students and it gives their teachers the ability to adjust and provide unique supports. Middle school homework is reported as a percentage of their total work at 10 percent.
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING
Additionally, MNPS is focused on educating and growing the whole child so you'll also see a category dedicated to social and emotional learning and the five core areas of social and emotional learning:
- Relationship skills
- Social awareness
- Responsible decision making
A 'DR' means your child shows the corresponding behavior regularly while a 'DO' means your child shows the corresponding behavior on occasion. Our goal with this information is that families will better understand their student’s emotional skills as they relate to their student’s academic performance.
With this new report, Metro Schools hopes 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. We’d like to hear your feedback. For questions or comments about this new report card, contact your principal.