Assessment, Grading and Feedback to Students

Assessment is a critical part of the teaching and learning process. It is through assessment that we are able to collect evidence of student learning which assists teachers in understanding where students are on their learning path with regards to mastery of outcomes. 

The District recognizes and acknowledges that students may have experienced a learning loss due to the school closure. Therefore, it is essential that we identify the gaps in student learning and use this information to help drive instructional decisions. To that end, the district is committed to pre-assessing students prior to units of instruction to determine student understanding of pre-requisite skills and knowledge. In addition, the district uses a variety of diagnostic assessment tools and progress monitoring to identify and support learning gaps over time. It is important to note that information from both formative and summative assessments will be used to adjust instruction and provide tiered support to students. 

Grading practices will be performance based and similar to standards that were in place prior to the school closure in March, 2020. Grading practices are being continuously reviewed to ensure consistency between remote and hybrid learning models while also reflecting the challenges that come from both models as compared to the grading process prior to March, 2020. Grades provide an evaluative measure of individual student learning and performance with regard to learning standards. Finally, feedback is provided to students on an ongoing basis through in-person discussions and online platforms utilized for instruction. 

For information about how remote/hybrid instruction information will be communicated to students and families, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan.