Evaluation & Reports
In the elementary division of Lahore American School, parents are invited to take an active role in their child’s education and are strongly encouraged to maintain regular communication with teachers.
The school year is comprised of three trimesters in elementary, the first running from August to November, the second from November to March and the third from March until June. As an important point of communication, parent/teacher conferences are held in November and student-led conferences are held in April for the purpose of reporting and educational planning. Parents may also meet at any other time during the school year by arranging an appointment in advance via email or a personal note to the relevant teachers.
Development Reading Assessment (DRA)
The DRA is an individually administered assessment of a student’s reading ability. The DRA is administered as indicated below. The results of the DRA assist teachers to make data-driven decisions about the learning needs of each student.
Grades 1 and 2 The DRA is administered three times annually, generally in August, January and May
Grades 3, 4 and 5 The DRA is administered twice annually, generally in August and May.
Mid Trimester Progress Reports
Mid trimester reports show the progress of a student in a particular class at the halfway point of any given trimester. This serves as an important alert to parents that their child is not fulfilling subject requirements and conveys transitional information. Mid trimester progress reports may also be sent home to commend a student for achievement or improvement in his or her efforts or.
Parents are required to sign mid-trimester reports and return them to the appropriate teacher. A copy of the report is kept on file in the Principal’s office. In addition to signing and returning the report, parents are advised to meet with those teachers who have issued the mid trimester report as their child may be at academic risk.
Students are issued with standard-based report cards in pre-school through to grade 5, three times per year at the end of each school term. A Standards Based Report Card gives parents a better understanding of their child’s strengths and needs and encourages all students to do their best. The most important difference between standards based instruction and reporting compared to traditional practices is the focus on what students actually learn, not just what is taught.
The purpose of this new reporting system is to provide parents with more detailed information regarding their child’s progress toward meeting the academic learning standards in our school’s curriculum (Common Core State Standards). This standards based report card allows parents and students to understand more clearly what is expected of students and how to help them be successful in their educational career.
There are four performance levels descriptors: E, M, P, and N. These descriptors are not intended to equal a percentage or letter grade. Grades are determined by the evaluation of daily class participation, class work, weekly and unit assessment and class projects. The grading symbols for grades pre-kindergarten to grade 5 are as follows:
E = Exceeds the Standard
M = Meets the Standard
P = Making progress toward the Standard
N = Needs Improvement.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAPs)
Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 take MAPs (Measures of Academic Progress) twice a year in September and May. Standardized MAPs tests are given to determine instructional levels of students and to measure academic growth throughout the school year and from year to year in the areas of Mathematics, Reading and Language Usage. MAPs are unique computerized tests that adapt to a child’s individual learning.