A Message from the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction

  • Midway uses a standards-based report card for students in kindergarten and first grade. This report card is an important step for our district as we work to ensure that every student is progressing toward mastery of grade-level learning standards. We believe that the utilization of a standards-based report card will improve communication and strengthen the relationship between parents and classroom teachers. This report card is the product of the collaborative efforts of curriculum specialists, grade-level teachers, content coordinators, campus administrators, and Midway parents.
     
    The standards describe what each child should learn and be able to do at each grade level in all subjects. The report card is designed to give specific information about a child's progress academically, socially, and emotionally.  Standards-based report cards provide a higher level of consistency of expectations among teachers across the district. The report card helps students, teachers, and parents focus on learning standards, while at the same time giving students an opportunity to receive help if they are not making adequate progress. Parents will know which standards their child has learned and which skills their child needs to learn to be well-prepared for the next grade level.
     
    Communication and a strong partnership with parents are vital to the success of students. Implementing a standards-based report card is another way Midway ISD is striving to involve parents in the learning process. 
     
    More information regarding Midway's standards-based report cards is available on these links:
     
    Parent Guide for Kindergarten and First Grade This guide includes frequently asked questions about Midway's standards-based report card for parents of students in both kindergarten and first grade.
    Evidence of Learning for Kindergarten and First Grade This document lists types of assessments that may be used to gather evidence of student learning in reading, language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics in both kindergarten and first grade.
     
    Kindergarten Standards-Based Report Card Resources: 
    Informative Video for Kindergarten Click here to view my lesson
     
    First Grade Standards-Based Report Card Resources: 
    Informative Video for  First Grade Click here to view my lesson
     
    Sincerely,
    Brent Merritt, Ed.D
    Assistant Superintendent
     
    Acknowledgements: 
    The Midway Curriculum and Instruction Department expresses appreciation for the efforts of the teachers, administrators, and parents who participated in the design and implementation of the MISD standards-based report cards.  The focused collaboration, critical feedback, and  thoughtful input provided by all stakeholders led to important refinements in the report cards and development of tools to make the reporting of student progress more informative to everyone involved.