Elementary Report Card QuickGuide

Elementary Report Card Family/Caregiver Quick Guide

This guide is intended to provide a general overview and guidance for families/caregivers regarding our elementary report cards. The Fife Public Schools Elementary Report Card reflects what students need to know, understand, and be able to do by the end of a given academic year. The report card is just one of several communication tools used to provide families/caregivers with an update as to their student’s progress toward grade level Washington State Learning Standards.

Washington State Learning Standards

Four overarching learning goals provide the foundation for the development of the Washington State Learning Standards:

  • Read with comprehension, write effectively, and communicate successfully in a variety of ways and settings and with a variety of audiences;

  • Know and apply the core concepts and principles of mathematics; social, physical, and life sciences; civics and history, including different cultures and participation in representative government; geography; arts; and health and fitness;

  • Think analytically, logically, and creatively, and to integrate technology literacy and fluency as well as different experiences and knowledge to form reasoned judgments and solve problems; and

  • Understand the importance of work and finance and how performance, effort, and decisions directly affect future career and educational opportunities.

Reference: OSPI Learning Standards & Instructional Materials website

Grading Scale

Fife Public Schools uses a standards-based elementary report card. The learning standards are based on benchmarks that outline what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. Students are scored based on their level of proficiency in comparison to those standards. We do not use letter grades at the elementary level, but instead use numbers to indicate progress toward understanding of that standard or skill. The four-point scale is outlined below:






Lack of evidence demonstrating grade level standard/skill

Approaching grade level standard/skill

Demonstrates grade level standard/skill

Consistently and independently demonstrates understanding and/or application of grade level standard/skill

Standard/skill not addressed at this time

In other words:

*: This standard or skill has not been taught or assessed during this report card period.

4: Students are able to consistently show that they understand this particular standard or skill without needing any support from the teacher, and in many cases, students actually demonstrate a deeper understanding of that standard or skill than what is typically expected at that point in time.

3: Students are able to show that they understand this particular standard or skill in nearly all circumstances. They are “meeting” grade level expectations at that point in time.

2: Students are getting close to being able to show they understand this particular standard or skill. They need some additional support but are on the right track.

1: Students are not yet showing that they understand this particular standard or skill. They are receiving ongoing support, but are not yet demonstrating understanding.

Students also receive feedback regarding their progress toward Skills for Successful Learning. These are the behaviors that support student learning.





Rarely demonstrates this behavior

Sometimes demonstrates this behavior

Usually demonstrates this behavior

Consistently demonstrates this behavior


We know that regular attendance at school is critical for academic success. Our report cards include an attendance summary that outlines total absences, along with a breakdown of excused and unexcused absences and tardies (arriving late). 

Core Classroom Subjects

All students receive grades in the areas of English Language Arts and Math. At grades 3-5, students will also receive an overall score for Science and Social Studies.

Specialist Subjects

Specialist subjects include SKIP (K-2), Art (3-5), Library (K-5), Music (K-5), and Physical Education/PE (K-5). Students participating in these specialist classes will not receive grades, but will have noted on their report card an overview of the content being covered in that class during the current report card period. Teachers in these areas will provide information about what students are doing in class and may also provide question prompts. Families/caregivers can use these questions to ask their students more about their learning in these specific subject areas.

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