Now that we are a bit more comfortably into term 3, I thought I would just take a minute to share with you all some of the “take aways” from the Assessment for Learning: Using Data to Drive Instruction Institute day sessions.
This week, the LEAD team met, and the agenda was to reflect on how we are doing in terms of our process of aligning curriculum and assessment and exploring Standards Based Grading. We met in divisional groups, and as I was working with EFA, I didn’t have a good sense about what was happening in the room as a whole. So, in order to write this blog post, I asked Chris to share the results from the Exit Slips with me, and my takeaways were profound. I hope that as you read this, you feel encouraged, wherever you are in this journey.
Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that winter break left you refreshed and ready to take on the challenges of 2017! With the busyness that was December, I did not get a chance to blog about our December LEAD and LEARN meetings. So, to catch up… Continue reading “End of December Wheeling 360 Meetings”
Q: I know we have been encouraged to give finals early to allow for time for remediation and retakes. I have also heard that sometimes an Incomplete is issued if remediation is still necessary. When is it appropriate to give an Incomplete?
When the LEAD team met last week, the PLC leaders were able to share all that was accomplished on Monday’s institute day. Clearly, SO MUCH work has happened in PLC during the first term of school! And while all PLCs are at different points in their journeys, the talk of the day was aligned, leveled assessments and standards based grading.
It is really important that when we talk about Standards Based Grading (or SBG), we all are talking about the same thing. So, this blog is going to function as an SBG Q&A. FEEL FREE to submit more Qs about SBG by commenting on this blog!
Q: What is SBG?
A: Technically, “Standards-based grading is a system of assessing and reporting that describes student progress in relation to standards” (from A School Leader’s Guide to Standard Based Grading). But what does that really mean? When you are thinking about your class, you know there are certain skills or standards kids need to master. If you are shifting towards a Standards Based Grading model, you are giving kids feedback on their progress towards meeting these standards by formatively and summatively assessing their proficiency of each standard.
The PREPARE team met last week, and there is so much interesting work happening through this group. From community service, to collaboration between CTE and Math to infuse coding in geometry, to external mentorships for our Nano students, when you listen to this group talk, it makes you proud to be a Wheeling Wildcat!
While these projects are big entities that may not really impact our day-to-day instruction, there is a group of teachers on this team focused on exploring Redefining Ready! One thing this team is discussing is the use of student portfolios to document growth. Continue reading “Student Portfolios”