We regularly check the air quality index levels by using the Real-time Air-quality Advisory Network (RAAN) monitoring system for information on how to modify outdoor physical activity. This guidance can help protect the health of all children, including teenagers, who are more sensitive than adults to air pollution. Air quality flags are displayed daily with the forecasted level. Due to the possibility that the air quality can change, you can go to the RAAN widget links below to check current conditions throughout the day:
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Tulare City Schools has recently started a transition to a more helpful form of grade reporting called Standards Based Grading. In the past, students received letter grades or other achievement marks to report progress in each of the content areas. These marks were intended to communicate how students were doing in school. However, we found that with these traditional grading methods came some inconsistencies. It seemed that letter grades didn’t always accurately communicate how our students were doing, what areas within the subject they were strong in, and what areas they needed to work on. For example, a math grade of ‘B’ at the end of the trimester would not necessarily indicate that a student is strong when working with fractions, but struggles when working with decimals and percentages – all important skills in math class and in life beyond school.
As a result, Tulare City Schools will be starting a standards-based report card pilot program in the 2017-2018 school year. This pilot program will allow teachers to measure how students are doing in meeting the learning goals as determined by our state’s standards. These standards are the academic skills your child should know or be able to do for his or her grade level by the end of the school year.
This type of reporting method gives a number grade for each standard so students receive multiple grades in both language arts and math. In 5th grade, for example, a subject area like math will be broken into several categories, such as algebraic thinking and fractions. Under each category, there will be a list of math skills a student should be able to do, as well as a grade showing how that student is doing. Report cards will use a four-point scale to indicate proficiency toward a standard. A ‘4’ indicates the standard has been exceeded, a ‘3’ indicates the standard has been met, a ‘2’ indicates a student is near the standard and a ‘1’ means the student is performing below standards.
We are excited to begin this pilot process in selected 1st through 6th grade classrooms next year. Then, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, we will be using the standards-based grading system in grades 1-8 districtwide. It is our hope that this new way of grading will give parents better feedback on exactly how students are progressing in their education.
For further information and additional resources, please visit the Our Parents page on this website, and find Student Academic Progress under the Policies and Guidelines heading.