How is Progress Assessed

  • Student progress is determined using a variety of formative and summative assessments that are fully integrated into classroom instruction. Assessments are used regularly to provide evidence of student learning. Formative assessments are used during the learning process to determine students progress towards learning goals and to help teachers choose the appropriate instructional activities. At the secondary level, summative assessments are used later in the learning process to provide evidence for teachers to make professional judgements about what students know and are able to do. Historically, this practice of judgement was known as “grading student work” and then recording grades into the student gradebook. Middle school students are graded on their course learning targets, of which there are typically between 3-6 per course. Student progress is determined using summative assessments scores based on course rubrics for each learning target, and overall proficiency grades are determined and reported for each course learning target during regular reporting intervals. This approach is known as “standards-based reporting” and allows students and families to better understand how they are progressing towards the course learning targets. In turn, students receive excellent feedback toward these learning goals and opportunities to respond to this feedback to ensure their learning. Since there is no need for GPA calculations at the middle school level, no overall course letter grades are awarded.