SCHOOL & DISTRICT REPORT CARDS
Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the school’s report card is designed to show families how our school is doing in different areas. L links to our school’s report cards are available to the right or on the Massachusetts Department of Education website at:
The report card includes multiple measures of a school’s performance – more than just MCAS scores. It represents a new way of looking at school performance, by providing information on student achievement, teacher qualifications, student learning opportunities, and more.
Report cards are designed to be useful tools for everyone connected to our school. Families can use the information to have meaningful conversations with us about what the school is doing well and where there is room for improvement. Community and education leaders can use the information to better understand how to support students and our school.
You will notice on our report card that our students continue to demonstrate strong performance on state MCAS exams in all subjects (ELA, Math and Science). Our high student growth rate in mathematics reflects our continued efforts to strengthen the mathematics curriculum and provide more individualized and small group instruction. In ELA, we continue to work with our students to strengthen their skills with critically analyzing texts and developing strong, organized written responses to questions. We are in our third year of implementing a new, rigorous and comprehensive writing curriculum and our fourth year of implementing a new research-based curriculum for reading instruction.
To improve student performance in our school, we are continuing our work with reviewing and improving our curriculum and assessment plans, identifying early students that may benefit from additional support and instruction, providing targeted intervention, and leveraging technology tools to enrich educational programming.
We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. Some of the ways you can become involved are:
- Encouraging your child’s learning at home
- Attending parent-teacher meetings and other special meetings
- Serving as a volunteer in our school or district
We see parents as critical partners in the success of our students and school, and we are grateful for your continued support.
Finally, if your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:
- Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach,
- Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver,
- The college degree and major of your child’s teacher, and
- Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
If you have questions about our school’s report card, would like to become involved in school improvement activities, or would like to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher, please contact me directly at 508-528-1225. To see our district’s report card or to search for other schools’ report cards, visit reportcards.doe.mass.edu.
Dr. Ingrid N. Allardi
Superintendent, Norfolk Public Schools