Grading for Learning WebsiteMarshall Public Schools would like to introduce you to the grading for learning that students in grades K-8 will be implementing at the start of the 2017-18 school year. Reporting student progress is an essential part of the communication/partnership between school and home. We believe that it is our district’s professional responsibility to provide parents and students with information that accurately reflects a student’s level of performance and progress in meeting academic and social standards. A grading for learning report card is designed to communicate an individual student’s progress toward independently meeting those standards. To communicate student progress, a 3-2-1 grading scale will be used.
What is grading for learning?
Grading for learning is designed to communicate a child’s progress toward mastery of specific learning standards. The Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards establish high and challenging performance expectations for all students. They describe what students should know and be able to do, and serve as the basis for the Marshall Public School’s curriculum, instruction and assessment model.
What does a 3-2-1 grading scale mean?
The grading for learning report card contains a legend with a definition for each code.
Academic and Skills for Success Performance Codes
Three levels of progress are noted on the new report cards using a numeric marking system (3, 2, 1, and Blank). A descriptor for each score is provided below:
Partially meets grade level standard
Does not meet grade level standard
Standard is not assessed at this time
Student consistently demonstrates mastery of the knowledge and/or skills expected at this grade level.
Student demonstrates partial understanding of knowledge and/or skills at this grade level.
Student is not yet demonstrating an understanding of knowledge and/or skills at this grade level.
This standard was not assessed during this grading period or there is not enough information at this time.
What does a student report card look like?
If a student has an IEP (Individual Learning Plan), how will he/she be assessed?
Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) must be provided with the same opportunity to receive grades in relation to expectations for grade level standards; this is a civil right. Since special education students are a heterogeneous group with various disabilities which impact learning, some may not achieve certain grade-level standards without special services and supports. There are modifications and accommodations in a student’s IEP to support his or her progress on grade level standards as assessed on a grading for learning report card.
Will students be ready for Marshall High School and beyond?
Yes. Grading for learning will give students and teachers a more comprehensive account of a student’s learning. Students are better aware of the skills and concepts they need to learn which will help students take responsibility for their own learning. In addition, the best preparation for the world beyond school is to learn essential content and skills well.