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The district I am teaching in has been following pieces from the
grading for learning method for almost 5 years. Our school district
is now backpedaling because some of initial roll outs were not
implemented by all teachers. We are now struggling because this
question continues to be asked: When should we be grading for,
proficiency now or proficiency for the end of the year? We are using
Common Core State Standards and are standards based grading. Our
grading scale is also a 5-point scale in which 4-Advanced, 3-
Proficient, 2-basic, and 1-minimal. I would really appreciate any
feedback you could give into this question of what proficiency
means...end of the year or where the student should be at any given
time.

Thank you,

2013-12-12
Erica
 

The
Grade
Doctor
says:

There is no simple or right answer to your question. Both the approaches are acceptable
alternatives. Your district has to decide which approach they prefer and then communicate
the decision clearly to all stakeholders so that a consistent approach will be used
throughout the district. For examples, Eau Claire in WI reports against year-end standards,
Douglas County in CO reports against what is expected at the end of each trimester.

 

 

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