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Our middle school is introducing standards based grading for the first time. We are using a
four level rubric in all class: beginning, developing, proficient, exceeding the standard.
Parents, students and teachers are all concerned about when during the school year we
should expect proficiency. Can the entire class be beginning-developing at the first
reporting period?

2011-12-08
A Beek
 

The
Grade
Doctor
says:

Can the entire class be beginning-developing at the first reporting period?

If you are reporting against year-end standards on the first report card this would be
expected for many standards.

 

A Beek's
Comment

2011-12-15

So if the standards are not year end standards then what are our options? We have written one
set of subject specific standards for K-12. There are benchmarks beneath them for K-5, 6-8
and 9-12. Does this mean we need benchmarks for each reporting period (trimester)?


The Grade Doctor's
Comment

2011-12-15

"Does this mean we need benchmarks for each reporting period (trimester)?"

In a word yes; it sounds to me that you have VERY broad standards and benchmarks so if they are going to be useful for grading and reporting they have to be more specific. You could choose to develop year end benchmarks for each grade level and then 'guestimate' where you want students to be for each reporting period. Trimester grade level learning goals would obviously be better. Whichever route you go it is essential that you develop a bank of exemplars because it is exemplars that make performance standards 'live' for teachers, students, and parents.


A Beek's
Comment

2012-01-01

So would you suggest we keep our standards as 'year end' goals and write 'interim goals'
(supported by moderation/exemplars) for the reporting periods in between? Is there a school
or jurisdiction that you know of that might have a model we could refer to?


The Grade Doctor's
Comment

2012-01-01

"So would you suggest we keep our standards as 'year end' goals and write 'interim goals'
(supported by moderation/exemplars) for the reporting periods in between?"
As you have written your standards that way - yes. Two districts that I know who work to year end standards are Eau Claire in Wisconsin and Central Kitsap in Washington.

 

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