Proficiency Grading

Grading Personal Management

Proficiency Grading System - Dayton Junior/Senior High School

Dear Parents,

Dayton Junior High and High School use a  Proficiency Based Grading System. This is a major culture shift for some students and parents. Below is a quick summary of the foundation of our Proficiency Based System. Please take some time to read through the information and talk with your students about their understanding of how they are doing in their classes. As always, if you have questions, please contact the school or teacher and we will do our best to provide you the information you need. In addition, you are encouraged to use the Home Access Center to check your student’s learning and overall performance in real time. If you need help with your username or password please contact the school.

Establish a Common Purpose

The purpose of grading and reporting is to communicate with parents and students about the achievement or progress toward established learning goals. Grades reflect how well students have met these goals in each class, indicating areas of strength and areas where additional time and effort are required.

Overview of Proficiency

Teaching and learning are founded on state performance standards that are explicitly understood by every student.

  • Standards are what drive curriculum
  • Teachers develop learning targets in student friendly language, unpack the importance and value of those learning targets for students (why is this important?), and connect each of the targets back to the standards.
  • Teachers know and reveal precisely what proficiencies they want students to acquire (and be able to demonstrate) from day one.
  • Students are measured on their progress toward those standards.

Philosophy of Proficiency Based Grading

  • Academic grades are reported solely on academic performance.
  • Behavior and work habits are important life skills, but will be reported separately.
  • Students will have multiple opportunities to prove their proficiency.
  • Retakes are encouraged after identifying where students currently are on the proficiency continuum and discussing what they need to do to progress.
  • Retakes are only beneficial if students have taken a second look at the material, completed the suggested practice, and have asked questions about the skills they are currently confused about.
  • Since proficiency is only a step on the continuum and mastery is an ultimate goal, students who are currently proficient may retake quizzes until mastery is earned.

Grading by Proficiency: Students are graded, advanced, and awarded credit on the basis of demonstrated proficiencies.

Letter Level Student friendly Parent friendly

M Mastery Fabulous Thorough

P Proficient Good Accurate process

E Emerging Almost got it Partially accurate evidence

I Insufficient Evidence What??? Underdeveloped, no evidence

What will make up a grade?

Grades will be reported in two categories:  Academic and Personal Management. Academic represents how well the student understands the content standards and makes up 90% of the overall grade. Personal Management refers to the work habits and attitude in the classroom and makes up 10% of the grade.

Academic grade = 90% Personal Management Grade = 10%

  • Tests •Independence & Initiative
  • Quizzes •Work Completion & Work Habits
  • Speeches •Cooperation & Participation
  • Performances •Attendance
  • Essays
  • Individual Projects

Failure is not an option: or at least it is more difficult to fail.

  • In the gradebook, students receive an “I” for insufficient evidence. An “I-” means the assignment or assessment was never turned in.
  • If a student receives an “I”, he/she can keep working with the teacher until they demonstrate proficiency in the standards. This can result in a grade change.
  • Teachers work with students throughout the semester to allow them to retake quizzes and tests after completing additional practice assigned by the teacher.
  • At the semester, if a student is close to passing he/she will receive an “I” on the report card. The teacher will complete an AIP (Academic Improvement Plan) that outlines what the student can do so it is clear what needs to be done to show proficiency and receive credit for the course.
    • A student will be given 9 weeks to complete their AIP and submit work for a grade change.  After the 9 week grace period, if the student did not demonstrate proficiency where needed,  the “I” will become an “F” and the course will need to be completed through credit recovery.
  • At the semester, if the teacher feels the student will not be able to demonstrate proficiency through an AIP, the teacher will give the grade of “F” and the student will need to retake the class through credit recovery.

Academic Eligibility

Interim Progress Report

Students with an “I” or “F” on any Intermediate Progress Report (IPR) will be placed on probation for one week. The probationary period allows students one week to reconcile any “I’s” or “Fs” to avoid ineligibility.  Students may practice and compete during the probationary period. If at the end of the one week probationary period the student:

  • Continues to have an “I” or “F”, they will become ineligible for competition. (JH for 1 week/HS for 2 weeks) During this time students may practice and travel with the team as long as attendance in school is not affected.
  • Has a grade of ”A”, “B”, or “C”, in all classes they will remain eligible.

Semester Report Card

Students with an “F” on any Final Semester Report Card will become ineligible for competition in athletics/activities.  Eligibility for competition may be regained under the following circumstances:

  • The student is passing all classes at IPR 1 (or a minimum of four school weeks) of the current semester and the student has completed any and all Academic Improvement Plan(s) (AIP) to make up proficiencies from the previous semester.

Students with an “I” on any Final Semester Report Card will become ineligible for competition in athletics/activities.  Eligibility for competition may be regained under the following circumstances:

  • The student is passing all classes of the current semester and the student has completed any and all Academic Improvement Plan(s) (AIP) to make up proficiencies from the previous semester.

 

Updated September 2018

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