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Our school is moving toward standards based grading. It's planned over the next two years. We are considering what to do with our Honors Awards. We have discussed awarding students who improve from their MAP testing over time and character awards. If your school is standards based what do you do?


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No honors awards at my school. The award is in the improvement.

I like the ideas you wrote in your second to the last sentence...improvement on MAPS testing and character awards.
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We have 1,2,3 with a 3 being mastered the standard.

Awards:
Principalís Achievement- all 3s
Achievement- 2&3s
MAP Jumper- jumping more than 7 points per semester on MAP testing
Most Improved
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I am totally against academic awards, especially in elementary. I was thrilled when we went to standards based several years ago as I thought it would end the silly "honor roll" mentality. Unfortunately, that did not happen. There is nothing more soul crushing than a student who works hard not receiving recognition, while the student for whom learning comes very easily and coasts through with very little effort gets a trophy. Truly, what is the point of these awards? They do not motivate students! If anything, they are an award for the parents. Please, please do not tie an award to MAP or any kind of testing. If you feel a need to do this stuff, please focus on character, and make sure they are recognized for a very specific act, not just because they are a nice kid. If you must acknowledge academics, then please recognize growth. Sorry if this sounds harsh, but I have watched hard working kids, kids with little or no support at home, LD kids, etc. get passed by time and time again.
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No, I appreciate the thoughts. Yes, this is part of our discussion. We know this is a learning curve for parents and students. We are a positive school and we want to recognize character and student growth in the best way possible.


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