I will be attending the conference. One session I'm signed up for is your standards based one. I had a couple of questions I hope you will answer that I thought I would ask ahead of time. Our school piloted standards based report cards. We use a 1-4 scale. If the students get a 3 that means they are meeting that particular standard. To get a 4 it means they have meet the standard and know it enough to teach their peers. They also have to perform above the standard but how much so. For example if a student can tell me what tool to use to measure they met the 2nd grade standard but they have trouble determining volume (3rd grade)but can identify ways to measure volume, do they get a 4? They didn't master above the grade level but can perform part of the higher concepts. Another constant debate is in reading. Say the standard is to identify the main character in the story. Joe can't read at grade level but he can identify the main character when grade level text is read to him and he can identify the main character in below grade level text. Does he meet the standard or does it have to be grade level text?
Ms. Brandon,Thanks for posting your questions. This link will take you to the scoring guide we'll talk about in the session: http://www.cherylsclassroomtips.com/2009/09/after-reading-ideas.htmlIt's adapted from Robert Marzano's work and is the best I've seen to use with standards-based grading. (Advanced) 4 - In addition to 3.0 performance, in-depth inferences and applications that go beyond what was taught (read).(Proficient) 3 - No major errors or omissions regarding any of the information (simple or complex) that was explicitly taught.Will your school allow you to assign a 3.5? I looked at the 2nd grade standards and some explicitly state that students must read.ExampleRL.2.6 Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.I would suggest assessing them on grade-level text that they read to themselves or read aloud with whisper phones. Please feel free to ask more questions here or in the session. Thanks for posting.~Cheryl
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