Grading during TSD at Home Learning

For all grade levels

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  • TSD @ Home is focused on student learning rather than grades.

    Feedback from educators to students will continue to be an emphasis. Checks for Understanding will likely look or sound different than when it occurred during in-person learning sessions in school classrooms. We are seeking to empower, engage, and encourage effort.

    • Hold Harmless: During the schools’ closures, TSD is approaching grades with a “hold harmless” plan. Grades will not be lowered from where they were at the beginning of Spring Break (March 16, 2020).  This grade will be the semester grade (unless changed as indicated below).

    • Grade Improvement: Grades may be improved since that time, with evidence of improvement. 

    • Re-grading: Re-learning/re-doing experiences can result in re-grading (and re-entering grades in IC). Work completed prior to Spring Break can also be graded and entered.  

    • TSD @ Home Grading Task: A new grading task in Infinite Campus will be pushed out to all users called “TSD @ Home”. Staff in TSD may use this file to assist their grading practices: Infinite Campus document.

    • Exams: There will be no semester exams.


    Guidelines for Educators from now until the end of the school year:

    • Continue to frame and design lessons with Learning Targets and Success Criteria.
    • Communicate with colleagues and school leaders about how students are doing and what supports or approaches may benefit them now and in the future.
    • Utilize feedback cycles with students and families.
    • Transitions and school plans between grade levels will be informed by information from students and families.
       

    Educators will provide feedback to students in two areas. 

    At a minimum, these feedback checks will be completed by the end of each of these three “progress check” dates: April 29, May 11, & May 20. The documentation of these student Progress Checks will be in Infinite Campus (except for preschool and kindergarten).  

    • The two focus areas are: Demonstration of Progress toward Learning Targets and Success Criteria and Demonstration of effort, as evidenced by the: TSD Work Habits. These are not to be considered percentages, but rather evidence toward mastery of standards and engagement in work.

    Progress checks for both areas will follow the previously-developed TSD Work Habit categories: 

RATINGS

  • Elementary School (grades 1-5):

    End-of-Year Report Cards will be a combination of the following: 

    • Progress reports so far (as reported during Feb. conferences) 
    • Engagement as monitored with Activity and Involvement Measures (AIMs) completed through the remainder of the year. The focus for each “AIM” is to monitor progress toward the learning target/ success criteria as well as student engagement; an “AIM” will consist of educators “checking in” with students (online or by phone) and documenting students’ progress. Growth and connection will be a part of each “AIM”.  (Note- there is no connection of this to AIMS Web).

    Elementary teachers will enter progress into Infinite Campus at least three times for the “progress check", by these reporting dates: April 29, May 11, & May 20. Educators will focus on opportunities for students to learn content and practice skill-building. Skills may be in development, so students may not reach a mastery level in all areas. A beginning list of ways to monitor progress has been created and can be found here. These are meant to be ideas and a springboard for TSD professional’s thinking.

    Middle School & High School:

    Cumulative (end-of-year) letter grades will be reported out for the middle and high school levels with the final grade being the grade as of March 16 with the following caveats:

    • Hold Harmless: During the schools’ closures, TSD is approaching grades with a “hold harmless” plan. Grades will not be lowered from where they were at the beginning of Spring Break (March 16, 2020). 
    • Grade Improvement: Grades may be improved since that time, with evidence of improvement. 
    • Re-learning/re-doing experiences can result in re-grading (and re-entering grades in IC).  Work completed prior to Spring Break can also be graded and entered.  
    • TSD @ Home Grading Task: A new grading task in Infinite Campus will be pushed out to all users called “TSD @ Home”.
    • Demonstration of Progress toward Learning Targets and Success Criteria and Demonstration of effort, as evidenced by the: TSD Work Habits.  These are not to be considered percentages, but rather evidence toward mastery of standards and engagement in work.

    Progress checks for both areas will follow the previously-developed TSD Work Habit categories: 

RATINGS
  • Any improvements made to the grade as a result of feedback in the two areas above will be documented; penalties will not result.  Middle School Teachers will be entering progress into IC using the terminology (words) above. High School Teachers will still utilize numbers, but will need to follow the guidelines in this document.

    Educators may also amend third quarter grades if students complete tasks to justify adjustment. Formative assessment data and feedback will continue to be the focus for the remainder of the school year. Educators will provide ongoing feedback of learning for students and families according to the designated timeframes (by 4/29, 5/11, and 5/20).

    High School: Advanced Placement and Concurrent Enrollment courses only: 

    Advanced Placement College Board (developers of Advanced Placement courses and exams) announced the AP exams will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. For the 2019-2020 school year only, students may take a 45-minute online free response exam at home. Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. 

    Advanced Placement grades will be in alignment with TSD’s other learning grading practices, with “a hold harmless” plan where grades will not go down from the end of third quarter; rather, they can only improve.  See above for more information.

    Students in Concurrent Enrollment courses will be engaged in new learning and will receive grades and credit from their collegiate partners (where appropriate). Additionally, students enrolled in Advanced Placement classes that are Concurrent Enrollment courses will still receive new grades in Infinite Campus.

    Please visit the TSD COVID-19 Resource page for more information and updates.