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Old 11-04-2017, 02:45 PM
 
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Our county moved to standards based grading 4 years ago in kindergarten, and they've added a grade each year. This year, 3rd grade is required to do standards based grading. We are all struggling with this because we have required common assessments that must be given each nine weeks. You can't use any other data collected for assignments or quizzes on the report card. Only the county assessment can be used. I'm trying to find a balance on how to find time to teach and find where my kids are on the standards through class assignments and quizzes before I give the county assessments, but it's been extremely difficult to find enough time. I don't like teaching skills in isolation, but I'm being forced to do just that in order to hit the skills that are on the required assessments.

Is there anyone else that has a similar requirement that can give some advice? I feel like all I'm doing is testing my kids or skill drilling them, and we are all becoming test weary. Any advice on how to incorporate more interactive lessons ? I've been teaching 22 years, and the paperwork and testing this year is about to drive me, and many other teachers, completely batty!


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So, if Iím understanding correctly you only have one grade on the report card? Thatís insane. The whole point of standards based grading is to show growth and to show growth you need to have multiple grades. One grade on one assessment isnít truly reflective of any learning thatís taken place over the course of the grading period.
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Yes, we only have one score for each standard. If a child doesnít score a 3 (shows mastery), we are supposed to reteach the skill, then give the same assessment. I donít agree with that process, either, because itís teaching skills in isolation, but that is what we are required to do. I feel like my ability to assess my students as I see fit has been stripped away. Just trying to find a way to do whatís best for my students.
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We have done standards based grading for about 15 years now, but we give the students multiple chances to show mastery. We also let them "retake" and can change the grade with a note if students make progress after the assessment.

We are also required to have 3 pieces of evidence per standard for the report card.

Are you required to give the assessments at a certain time? The only thing I can think of is teaching the skills on the assessments as "units" then having students take the assessment after they have shown mastery in the classroom.

Other than that, it seems really odd that they are using one assessment to show mastery of a standard I am constantly telling parents that assessments are just one point of data, taken from one point in time, and more data is needed to really understand what the student knows.
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Choppie, I think I would have an easier time accepting all of this if we could be treated like the trained professionals that we are, and be allowed to create our own way to assess and make our own decisions on how a child is doing, just like we did with traditional grading. Unfortunately, this is the way it is for now. Where do you teach? Iím in TN. However, this is only being required in our county.


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Is the common assessment organized by standard or does it combine multiple standards? We do standards based grading, but it doesn't sound very similar. I'm growing to kind of like it.
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We’ve been doing this for about four years now. It has evolved over that time.

SBG does not mean you can’t “keep” other grades. But it does mean the only one on the report card is that quarterly assessment.

You should have the freedom to tweak that if you have evidence to back it up. For example, if a student bombs the measurement assessment, but you have multiple grades that show they did really well all throughout the chapter on measurement, you can support why you might give them a 3 (for us that is meets expectations) instead of a 2 (progressing).

You can and should do formative assessments to see where your kids are. I suggest skipping quizzes and stuff like that and using exit tickets and in class practice/classwork to keep a tab on things. For example, our math series has a “homework page” where the first two problems are always the skill we did that day. I have kids do those then I check them. Usually I have 2-3 kids I have to pull back to reteach, but then I know everyone else has it.

We also “cover” every standard, but rely on power standards for mastery. These power standards are the 12 most important things that our second graders need to know backwards, forwards, and inside out before they leave us in May. Anything that is a power standard is assessed every single quarter. If it isn’t a power standard, it is still taught in the curriculum, still assessed “informally,” but is not included on the report card.

Organize your assessments by quarter so they are east to find. Create a page that lists the standards you assess each quarter for ELA and Math. We do one standard per assessment page, because it’s much simpler for grading. And, we start sprinkling in assessments about 10 days to the end of the quarter.

It was extremely overwhelming at first. We felt like we had no clue how to make it work or what it should look like. And it was so difficult to get parents to understand that it’s not a matter of pass or fail; it’s a matter of mastery. But now that we’ve been doing this for a few years, it’s gotten easier and we’ve found our rhythm.
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