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Our school has graduated to becoming a standards based school. We are now starting to
use Power School Grade Book with standards. Placing summative assessments on the
grade book is clear to me. What I am fuzzy about is being asked to place formative and
possibly diagnostic assessments on the grade book. Diagnostic assessments are for
guidance not for grades. Formative assessments also guide differentiation and next steps
and are often in the format of logs, running records, anecdotal observations, etc. Please
advise me as to how I should proceed. I greatly appreciate your advice and expertise.

2011-09-12
Katrina
 

The
Grade
Doctor
says:

You are completely correct about diagnostic and formative assessments. Diagnostic
assessments should never appear in the grade book. Formative assessments should get
descriptive feedback NOT scores so the only way they would 'appear' in the grade book would
be using symbols for done/not done or done well/done K, done poorly.

 

 

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