Grading and Reporting

The Winneconne Community School District (WCSD) will begin implementation of target based grading and reporting during the 2016-17 school year. Student progress will be measured by academic and behavioral/life skills learning targets.

Why?

WCSD believes the purpose of grading is to provide students and parents with a snapshot view of a student’s proficiency on academic and behavioral/life skills at a particular time. The foundational beliefs of this system include:

Academic grades are dependent upon student proficiency against identified learning targets and are not influenced by non-academic factors.

Academic grades will reflect the student’s level of proficiency attained on identified learning targets, as measured by specific assessments aligned to the learning targets.

Behavioral/life skills grades will also be assessed and reported using defined rubrics.

Students will receive a separate grade for current academic scores and behavioral/life skills scores.

To ensure accuracy in reporting what students know and can do against identified learning targets, extra credit will not be offered as a way to increase a student’s academic grade.

Homework is a tool that helps learning, but will not be used to determine a student’s summative score for academics.

Definitions

Academic standards: Broad statements of what students should know and be able to do in each content area taught in our schools.

Targets: Clearly stated goals that students should become proficient in, based on a larger academic standard.

Review Winneconne’s K-12 course descriptions and learning targets here.

http://winneconne.ss13.sharpschool.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=242598&pageId=609058

Target-based grading and reporting: A process that indicates how well the student is progressing on each of the targets. The descriptors used to describe student progress are proficient, approaching, or needs support.

Behavioral and life skills:

The WCSD believes that life skills and behaviors are critically important in the overall development of our students. Therefore, teachers will report on life skills and behaviors that influence learning. However, life skills and behaviors are reported separately and not as a part of academic proficiency.

In the Winneconne Community School District, we expect students to practice kindness; always show respect; work to do their best (PAWS). Expectations of these behavioral/life skills targets are clearly and age appropriately defined by each building, shared with students and parents, and reported as a separate item on the grade report.

Homework

The Winneconne Community School District defines “homework” as practice in the learning progression toward proficiency on identified learning targets.  Homework should be looked at as a “tool” in the learning process and not an instrument to measure and report a student’s understanding of academic learning targets.  When viewed as a tool to help with learning, homework is then not an assessment of the student’s understanding of learning targets/content, but rather a step toward learning it.

Retesting

The Winneconne Community School District’s purpose of ensuring ALL students learn at high levels is not predicated upon the notion that all students learn at high levels at the same time. Therefore, we must offer students multiple opportunities to demonstrate they have mastered identified content at various times in a school year. In relationship to our position on Retesting, we commit to the following statements:

  • Retesting is allowed on all summative assessments that are reflected in what is reporting out to parents on our report cards.
  • In order for a student to qualify for a retest, he/she must demonstrate new evidence of learning since taking the initial assessment. The requirements for new evidence of learning “should support learning rather than simply deterring student access to retests”(Dueck, 2014).
  • Depending on the number of students retesting, this may occur during a normal class period. Students not participating in a retest may engage in homework/practice from other courses, read, or enjoy extension activities within that content area.
  • If a student scores lower on the retest than on the original test, the test that will be reflected for grading and reporting purposes will be the most recent evidence.
  • Retesting can occur in multiple forms, such as another assessment similar to the first, oral discussion with the teacher, or another method that is mutually agreeable between the teacher and student
  • Students do not have to retake an entire assessment. If he/she struggled on a particular concept or skill, he/she is allowed to retest in solely that area to replace the score assigned to that particular standard. (2017-18)

Formative vs Summative Assessment

Formative Assessments are designed to help the teacher and student understand how a student is progressing toward proficiency on the identified learning targets. Formative assessment is a part of the learning process, so teachers and students can make adjustments along the way to better understanding the desired outcome for the targets and to help reach proficiency.

Summative Assessments are designed to help teachers reach a conclusion on a student’s proficiency against the target.

Formative assessment is For Learning and Summative Assessment is Of Learning.

*Please note that an assessment that is designed to be formative can become summative if the teacher feels that student has adequately displayed he or she is proficient against the target within that assessment. In those cases, the assessment has now become summative as the teacher will use that as a final mark for reaching a summative score for the student.

Questions

Questions about the District's Grading and Reporting Process?

Contact:

Garth Larson
Director of Learning
larsong@w-csd.org
(920) 582-5802 Ext. 3135
Please contact your child's teacher with specific questions about a child's grades or their report.

Parent Flyer

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Video

Check out the video below from Garth Larson, Director of Learning for Winneconne Community School District for more information on Target-Based Grading and Reporting.

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https://youtu.be/BpDMP9JSiZI
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