During professional development with teachers in all grade levels across the district, administrators reviewed modifications to the district’s Grading Guidelines that will go into effect for the 2018-2019 School Year.
To simplify and standardize the policy’s implementation, educators reviewed the district’s “Beliefs About Assessment and Grading” and “Professional Practices for Grading and Assessment” that was discussed by the Board of Trustees in May.
At that meeting, Susannah O’Bara, area superintendent of academic programs, used the state’s required End-of-Course exams as evidence, data was shared that showed students made significant gains in mastery of the subject since the current assessment guidelines went into effect.
In May, administrators concluded a year-long study of the Grading Guidelines following a comprehensive review of teacher practices and parent feedback.
Moving forward, students who score less than a 90 on a major assignment can reassess one time within four school days, with the higher of the two scores, up to a 90, recorded.
“The changes for this year reflect the feedback we’ve received,” said Mrs. O’Bara. “I won’t say every specific situation is covered, but I will promise that we are learning and improving them in an effort to create the best learning environment for our students.”