K-6 Report Card Guide

Parent's Guide to Elementary School Report Cards

v. 10/2009


Your child’s report card is a brief summary of how he or she is doing in meeting curriculum objectives. Expectations for each grade level have been established. Students work toward meeting these standards. No single document can describe the strengths and challenges of your child, and many qualities of your child are not measured by the report card.

Subject names and subheadings

Vergennes, Ferrisburgh and Addison elementary schools use Vermont’s public school curriculum as the basis for our instructional programs. The skills in each subject area are grouped into subheadings. Each subheading represents a list of skills are used by teachers to plan instruction and assess student progress. Parents can access the list of skills through the ANWSU website. Your child may not receive a grade for each subheading in every semester.

One teacher for each subject area

Next to the subject name is the teacher who provides most of the instruction and is responsible for assigning a grade. Your child may work with a number of adults as they tackle grade level standards.

Grades Reflect Progress Toward Meeting State Standards.

Your child’s mark show how the student is doing in meeting grade level expectations. While the grades reflect effort, the grades indicate mastery of grade level skills within a subject area. Scores range from 1-5. Some students may be on individualized education plans (IEP) for some subjects. Refer to the student’s IEP for progress reports.

Score for assignment completion and test averages for upper grades

Fifth and sixth graders are assigned a traditional mark in each subject area. The grade is a composite score of assignments completed and test marks on a scale of 0 to 100.

Physical Education, Music, Art Grades

Marks in these subject areas do not tell the full picture of your child’s progress. Ask for more information from your child’s physical education, music or art teacher.

Other Assessments

Vermont students in grades 3-6 take the New England Comprehensive Assessment Program (NECAP) test in the fall. These formal tests show how students do in meeting state curriculum standards. The score for your child is found on the report card. Number scores fall into four categories: proficient with distinction, proficient, partially proficient and substantially below proficient. On the report card only the number score is shown. The score needed to be deemed proficient is found for your child’s grade level is found at the bottom of the report card.

Learning Skills

These skills address how your child approaches learning new things. These qualities are indicated by these marks: Excellent, Satisfactory and Needs Improvement.


More than one teacher can put comments on the report card.


You will find links to documents that help explain your child’s program. You will find out how to contact your child’s teacher by school email, though phone calls or notes are just as welcome.