50 Shades of Grades - Report Cards

Friday, May 29, 2015

50 Shades of Grades - Report Cards

Posted by Catherine Lake in General

 There are as many variations of grading as there are teachers: weighted grading, non-weighted grading, percentages, tests, summative, cumulative, on a curve, dropping the lowest score, counting late work, not counting late work, extra credit, no extra credit. Some teachers use an online gradebook like Aerie, some teachers use a paper and pencil gradebook. The variations go on and on. 

Our district is on the path to make the grades that are reported to parents on report cards more consistent and give parents (and students) a clear view of how they are progressing toward meeting the end-of-the-year grade level standards. 

One of the first steps was to put together a report card committee for 1st through 6th grade. Their first meeting was March 30th. At that meeting the group looked at samples of standards-based report cards from other districts and identified what they felt were essential elements and standards to include in our own. Last month the committee met again to review a rough draft of the report card and provide additional feedback. Following that meeting, a new draft was created and is being shared with teachers at grade-level collaboration meetings. 

The next step for our district is to gather assessments that will be reliable indicators of a student's progress toward those specific standards on the report card. This work will be done over the summer with a group of teachers interested in the project. The goal is to create assessments that are not cumbersome, that can be automatically populated onto the report card, and that mirror the types of assessments now used by the State of California. 

This will be a significant change for our district and therefore we are starting out with a pilot of the new report card and the assessments. If you are interested in participating in this pilot during the 2015-2016 school year, please let Holly or one of the TOSA's know and we will contact you with more information.

 

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