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I received a tweet last night from a woman who said these are images of fifth grade report cards handed out at a local elementary school. She hasn’t responded to my inquiry for more information. I will update this post if I learn more.

The report cards raise a couple interesting issues. First, it seems the school has no idea how to grade students on science and social studies. Second, you have to wonder if science and social studies are priorities. Third, what the heck is a “science process skills rating?”

Common Core is supposed to integrate science and social studies throughout the curriculum. I wasn’t able to find a huge body of information online saying this approach is a failure. There was a well-circulated piece on how students have to read the Gettysburg Address without an accompanying history lesson. (There’s some good news for high school students: New York is updating its social studies curriculum.)

The school that issued the report card above is telling us that it has no way to separately judge how students are performing on science and social studies. That’s alarming.

Update: This report card is from the Greece Central School District, according to multiple sources. One district source said my conclusion that there’s no way to judge the students on those subjects is not correct; they just haven’t finished judging them.

Links of the Day:


– A state lawmaker wants to boot Pearson testing company.

– Parents around the country are fighting Big Data, as governments try to create massive databases on their children.

– “There are two classes of men that may be found on the beach, those who are already dead and those who are about to die.”

– Golisano: “Why go through all that renovation and $130 million when you’re going to build a new stadium anyway?” Preach!

– Wegmans mislabeled cookies, causing a kid with nut allergies to get sick.

– A YouTube video prompted Niagara Falls to condemn rooms at the Rainbow Motel.

– One Buffalo television station ignored the racist rant that went viral. The other went overboard.

– Problem gambling among older people is on the rise.

– Does having a casino in your town really lower taxes?

– Senator Chuck Schumer is a frequent, uninvited guest at college graduations. He gives the same speech about being dumped by his girlfriend.

– Upstate New York has distinct regions with distinct cuisine and politics. Here’s the Upstate vote, by food.

5 Responses to “Incomplete”

  1. I also find myself rolling my eyes at the length of the report card. “Page 2 of 4?”
    I have no kids of my own, so I haven’t seen a report card since my kid brother graduated in ’93, but when we were kids our report cards were one page, and that allowed for comments from the teachers.

  2. June 6, 2014 at 10:49 am Laura responds:

    My kids (4th and 2nd grades) get four page report cards. Much like a formal review that one would receive at a corporate job, they are assessed on their work AND how well they conform/get along with peers and teachers.

    That said, a lot of their reading choices have been limited to non-fiction so they do get history, social studies and science integrated into language arts. They also have science and social studies units which integrate reading and writing. An example would be lab reports.

    Common Core or not, I don’t understand how a school could approve teaching plans and totally miss science and social studies. The teachers and moreso the administration need to be held responsible.

  3. June 6, 2014 at 11:11 am theodore kumlander responds:

    Good Luck with that. Parents fighting the government on data mining the children. It is not just the children it is all of us.

    What a laugh, no money for education in new York , but 130 million to renovate a stadium that will be torn down anyway. But who cares everyone is making so much money on the renovation. happy days.

  4. June 6, 2014 at 11:17 am theodore kumlander responds:

    The 4 page report card is the old baffle them with Bullspit hustle. so in the end the parent is not really sure how their child is doing but it makes them feel good.

  5. Science Process Skills are part of the NY standards. They are specific skill based tasks such as use of a microscope or graphing.

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