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Mendon-Upton Regional Schools Standards-Based Reporting and the Benefits of Trimesters. October 2008. Strategic Plan. Goal 1 - To continuously improve the process of teaching and learning through the examination of curriculum, instruction and assessment PreK-12

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strategic plan
Strategic Plan
  • Goal 1 - To continuously improve the process of teaching and learning through the examination of curriculum, instruction and assessment PreK-12
  • Goal 2 - To continuously improve communication between, among and with the school, home and community
  • Goal 3 - Continuously work with the community to develop a realistic, fundable, multiyear financial plan for the school district
  • Goal 4 - Establish a committee to research and articulate an educational model
  • Goal 5 - Develop a space needs plan

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Strategic Plan
  • Goal 1 - To continuously improve the process of teaching and learning through the examination of curriculum, instruction and assessment PreK-12

• Develop and implement a coherent and articulated

PreK-12 curriculum

• Implement and expand instructional strategies to meet

the needs of all learners

• Demonstrate improved student performance through

the use of a variety of assessment tools

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strategic plan2
Strategic Plan
  • Goal 2 - To continuously improve communication between, among and with the school, home and community

• Improve vertical and horizontal communication and collaboration among school staff

• Engage families to be proactively involved in their child’s education PreK-12

• To reach out to the communities to involve them in the educational process

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Strategic Plan
  • Goal 1 - To continuously improve the process of teaching and learning through the examination of curriculum, instruction and assessment PreK-12
  • Goal 2 - To continuously improve communication between, among and with the school, home and community

New Report

Card

Rubrics Assessments

Curriculum Guides

Mass. State

Frameworks

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what is the purpose of grading
What is the purpose of grading?
  • To provide information and feedback
  • to parents and students on progress towards
  • standards.
  • No Child Left Behind requires schools to report
  • student progress toward meeting state
  • standards.

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why use standards based grading and reporting
Why use standards based grading and reporting?
  • Traditional evaluation categories (Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies) are too broad to accurately report skill and capability levels
  • Traditional grading system (A,B,C) is subjective
  • Standard based grading aligns with MCAS Standards

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what has changed
What Has Changed?

The new Standard Based Report Card...

  • Aligns with Massachusetts State Standards
  • Measures how well a student is doing in relation to the grade level standards rather than to the work of other students
  • Provides parents a better understanding of their child’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Gives more specific information about what students should know and be able to do in all academic areas
  • Encourages all students to do their best
  • Uses same scoring device as MCAS (4,3,2,1)
  • Is organized by trimesters

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report cards
Report Cards
  • Unique report cards have been developed for each grade Pre-K-4.
  • Report cards for Spanish classes provide key information about Spanish Language Development
  • Aligns with newly developed curriculum guides, assessments, and rubrics

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why trimesters
Why Trimesters?
  • Standards based report cards require extensive assessment and documentation

Resulting in

    • In-depth student assessments
    • Consistent evaluations throughout the year
    • Modified instruction
    • Consistent evaluations amongst students

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why trimesters1
Why Trimesters?
  • Provide more time for students to demonstrate proficiency
    • Late fall marking period allows time for
      • Primary students to blossom
      • Students to demonstrate abilities – more time to tailor instruction appropriately

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why trimesters2
Why Trimesters?
  • Gives children more time to truly meet the standards – no need to “rush the learning”
    • Allows more flexibility in pacing the curriculum
    • Increases opportunity for well informed parent-teacher communication before first marking period
    • Promotes more detailed and meaningful conversations at parent/teacher conferences

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why trimesters3
Why Trimesters?
  • Quality over Quantity Issue
    • It is not a case of “more is better” in terms of howmanyreport cards your child receives
    • It’s about how much specific, qualityinformation parents receive on a report card
    • In order to have high quality information, more time is needed to appropriately instruct and assess

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why trimesters4
Why Trimesters?
  • Allows for better monitoring of student achievement
    • Students are assessed in multiple ways everyday, allowing for careful and precise monitoring of student achievement
    • Consequently, it is not a problem that there are fewer formal reporting times since there is constant informal assessment

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potential parent question
Why are you making the change to trimesters now?

To coordinate with the implementation of the K – 4 standards based report cards

Other districts have discovered the need for trimesters when using standards based reporting systems

We can benefit from what others have already experienced

Potential Parent Question

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some of the districts using trimesters
Some of the districts using trimesters:
  • Ashland Norfolk
  • Blackstone Millville Shrewsbury
  • Dedham Stoughton
  • E. Brookfield Sudbury
  • Easton Sutton
  • Dover- Sherborn Westboro
  • Grafton Westwood
  • Haverhill Woonsocket
  • Lunenburg
  • Marlboro
  • Middleborough
  • Milford All Boston
  • Nashoba Public Schools

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report card design performance levels for k 4
Report Card Design:Performance Levels for K-4
  • 4 = Exceeds grade level standard

Consistently performs the grade level standard. Student is self motivated and independently grasps, applies, and extends key concepts and skills.

  • 3 = Achieves grade level standard

Consistently demonstrates proficiency in meeting grade level standard.

Student grasps and applies key concepts and skills with limited

errors and minimal teacher support.

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Report Card Design:Performance Levels for K-4

  • 2 = Nearly Meets grade level standard

Student demonstrates understanding of basic concepts and skills. Performance

is characterized by the ability to apply skills with increasing success.

Performance varies in consistency with regard to accuracy, quality and level of

support.

  • 1 = Below grade level standard

Not achieving and/or progressing toward the grade level standard. Student

does not demonstrate understanding of basic concepts and skills. Interventions

support the student in progressing toward the standard.

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sample spanish section
Sample Spanish Section

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Report Card Design:

Social Skills and Work Habits

  • Thinking and behavior skills that support and inspire lifelong learning

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potential parent question1
Will I receive less information about how my child is performing in school?

Absolutely not!

In fact, you will receive more quality information

Standards based report cards provide detailed, specific information

Special education students can still receive the same number of reports as they are currently receiving

Potential Parent Question

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in closing
In closing….
  • In keeping with Ed Reform, we are striving for an effective, consistent approach to expectations, materials, assessment, and reporting at the elementary level
  • Standards Based Report Cards will allow for this, and
  • Trimesters will facilitate the process.

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special thanks to the report card committee
Special Thanks to the Report Card Committee

Superintendent Fernandes Ruth Danforth

Jan Gallagher Vin Rozen

Dana Burke Jen Hall

Nancy Lopes Marianne Lynch

Janice Lizotte Brenda Webster

Karen McDonough Bev Hart

Gail Brown

Great job team!

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Comments

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