Curriculum & Assessment

  • The Parents’ Guide to Student Success (provided in English and Spanish) was developed to align with the Washington State Learning Standards (Common Core State Standards). Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career opportunities.

    Sumner School District supports the guides that the National PTA® has created for grades K-5. The Guide includes:
    • Key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade, once the standards are fully implemented. 
    • Activities that parents can do at home to support their child's learning. 
    • Methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child's teacher.  

    how families can use these guides

    These guides will be used as an overview of what students know and are able to do in the Sumner School District. Please refer to the guide when reviewing your child’s report card for a better understanding of the components that measure your child’s progress.

    Three kinds of parental involvement at home are consistently associated with higher student achievement: actively organizing and monitoring a child’s time, helping with homework and discussing school matters.

    There are things you can do that will help your child be a successful student:
    • Communicate with your child about school. This includes talking to him or her about friends, activities, teachers, and assignments.
    • Show enthusiasm about school and homework.
    • Set realistic goals for your child.
    • Help your child get organized. Break down assignments into smaller, more manageable parts.
    • Provide a quiet study corner in your home complete with school supplies.
    • Let your child do their homework, support them when necessary, but allow them to finish the work.
    • Expect and praise genuine progress and effort.
    • Build connections between what is taught and what your child already knows and understands.
    • Discuss your child’s progress with his/her teacher. 
     When parents are involved in their child’s education they do better in school.

    The following rating scale is used to assess student achievement:
     4 - Exceeds  Exceeding the standard at the expected level for this point in the year
     3 - Meets  Meeting the standard at the expected level for this point in the year
     2 - Approaches  Approaches competence with teacher support
     1 - Attempts  Attempts the work with significant teacher support
     IE - Insufficient Evidence  The student has not submitted enough evidence to determine a level of competence.
     NA - Not assessed  This component was not assessed during this marking period. Teachers often use NA for curriculum that they have not taught to mastery.