As we end our sixth academic year with Common Core State Standards, we are proud of the
academic progress our students have made. Students are being challenged by these higher
expectations which put them on-track for college readiness. While we know the transition has
significantly raised the standards for students, report cards have been updated to accurately
reflect your student’s proficiency in these new standards.

Please keep in mind that one of the major changes OTSD made in our end-of-year report card is
that students will no longer receive a grade of “progressing” at the end of the year, they will
either receive a meets, exceeds or does not meet. Additionally, students now must be performing
a full grade level above in a subject area in order to receive an “exceeding” mark, which is a shift
from past practice as well.

These higher standards will continue throughout your child’s education until graduation, and
raising these standards now prepares them for the skills and concepts they need to graduate and
be prepared for their future. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact
the school. There is additional information on the Academics page on the district website at
http://www.oregontrailschools.com.

By keeping you informed of these practices and working together to support your child with the
increased expectations, we are confident your child will find success throughout his/her school
career.