Assessments are an ongoing part of your child's learning. Your child will be assessed at the beginning of each new unit of study as well as daily throughout the unit. This helps us understand what your child needs, as well as how to direct our instruction so that all students are successful.
While they are learning:
During a unit of study, evidence will be gathered on how your child is learning and what their thinking is behind their understanding. The way we gather evidence is through the following:
Conferencing with your child
Oral & Written responses
Exit passes (a question they must answer before leaving the room)
Group and individual or real life problem solving
Self-evaluations (your child assessing themselves)
Peer-evaluations (your child assessing their peers)
Evaluations at the end:
At the end of each unit your child will be evaluated on their ability to meet the criteria in the following 4 categories (when possible):
What do the levels or letter grades mean?
The levels are based on how they achieved in each of the four areas. The levels are very similar to grades.
Level 1(D) means the student is struggling substantially and is not able to meet the expectations. We should discuss our next steps to ensure that your child is successful moving forward.
Level 2 (C) means the student is beginning to meet the expectations but still needs a bit of help from school or home to get there. Look for agenda messages or a phone call home.
Level 3 (B) means they did it! They are meeting the expectations for the grade. They are right where they should be and should be proud of this!
Level 4 (A) means they are exceeding what they are expected to be doing for the grade!
What happens if my child isn't performing well? Will I know?
My goal is to have all students working at grade level (level 3) or above grade level (level 4). If your child is struggling substantially throughout a unit of study I will contact you through the agenda, via email or by telephone and offer suggestions to help your child be as successful as possible.