As of 4/20/2020, all Board of Education policies related to grade reporting have been suspended for the remainder of the school year and the guidelines set forth below will be used to determine the awarding of course credit in grades 9-12 and grade level advancement for grades K-8.
The guidelines attempt to both acknowledge the unique learning environment of each student and continue to advance student learning.
Evidence of Learning (Grading) Guidelines:
All students(unless participating in a college level course) will receive course and assignment ratings on a 1-4 scale (the 100 point scale will not be used).
Students must demonstrate Evidence of Learning in order to receive course credit or grade advancement.
Elementary students will not receive assignment or course ratings in elementary specials.
Each course will culminate in a final rating: Evidence of Learning (EOL)/Not Yet Learned(NYL)
Students who do not demonstrate Evidence of Learning will be reviewed on a case by case basis in regard to course/grade level retention or advancement. Regardless of outcome, each student who does not demonstrate Evidence of Learning within core subject areas, Regents courses, or courses required for graduation will participate in an Individual Learning Plan once remote learning ends and school re-opens (i.e we will help you get the course credit).
Quarter 3 and Quarter 4 performance will be combined to form one grading period.
A 3rd quarter report card will not be issued.
Class Rank methodology is still under review.
Additionally, below are a series of questions that have been posed from parents, teachers, staff, and community as the remote learning experience has developed over time. Each question posed has a response that has been developed with our mission statement at the forefront: “Ensure each learner is future ready by providing empowering learning experiences.” School may look different for now, but our commitment to each learner remains steadfast.
If more questions come to mind as you read through the section below, please do not hesitate to contact the Ast. Superintendent for Instruction, Scott Beattie to raise your question or to seek further clarification.
Questions and Answers
How does a teacher gather Evidence of Learning if you are not grading?
This term, Evidence of Learning, although new to some, really is very similar to the intent of the traditional system of grading (0-100%). Probably the biggest difference moving forward is the specificity as to what the teachers are looking for that leads to the final rating and the timeframe in which they are gathering the “evidence.” All assignments and assessments are linked to learning standards. So when an assignment is turned in, the teacher is taking a look at not only the overall work but how well the student has shown their understanding or application of each learning standard that makes up the assignment. The good news about this method is it is ok if a student doesn’t show full understanding of a learning standard on the first assignment. In the past, a poor grade or missed assignment could have significant consequences on the final course or quarterly grade. Students also can redo assignments as needed.
What matters most is how student understanding improves over time on each learning standard. There will be multiple opportunities to show evidence of learning. Each assignment helps take a student to a higher level of understanding. Additionally, each assignment gives a teacher insight into how best to instruct your child, identify learning gaps, misunderstandings, etc., making each assignment important.
If there is not going to be 0-100%, what can I expect to see in the “gradebook”? How will I know if my child owes work?
All assignments, K-12, will be rated on a scale of 1-4 (see table below).
At the secondary level, assignments will be listed within the e-School gradebook. If you see a blank space where there should be a rating, your child has not turned in the assignment, yet. At the elementary level, teachers will maintain contact with families regarding assignments. No doubt similar to regular school, it will take a combined effort between home, school and student to keep our kids on track.
If you have a secondary student and do not have access to your e-School Home Access Account in order to view the gradebook, please contact your building principal for assistance.
If we are not using the 100 point scale, what can I expect to see on the report card to tell me if my child has met requirements?
After review of your child’s understanding/application of the Essential Learning Standards, the following two terms will be used to designate if a student has successfully met the learning requirements or not yet: Evidence of Learning (EOL) or Not Yet Learned(NYL).
Evidence of Learning(EOL)- Student has demonstrated understanding/application of the Essential Learning Standards.
Not Yet Learned(NYL)- Work completed has not yet demonstrated understanding/application of the Essential Learning Standards.
Because the 3rd and 4th quarters have been combined to form one grading period, there will not be a 3rd quarter report card.
The 3rd Trimester Report Card (3rd and 4th quarter combined) will conclude with these designations (EOL/NYL).
The final rating for the year will be denoted using these designations (EOL/NYL) taking into account your child’s understanding/application of the Essential Learning Standards over the course of the year.
What can we expect during remote learning?
You may see an increase of structured class times for K-12 via Zoom. These class times may provide new instruction, opportunity for students to ask questions about assigned work, opportunity for socialization, and opportunity for teachers to gauge student understanding of learning standards. Sometimes these sessions will be whole classes or small groups. Additionally, 2nd-12th grade classrooms will utilize Schoology or Google Classroom as the basis for posting assignments, videos, activities, formative assessments and for students to upload work. K-1 classrooms will use SeeSaw for posting assignments and interacting with your child. There will be opportunities for your child to post video messages and evidence of learning through this platform.
There will not be final exams given this school year with the exception of college courses.
AP students will take the end of year AP exam to determine AP credit. This will be a 45 minute online assessment.
What if my family does not have internet access?
At this point, there are two options to assist students in advancing their learning without internet access that are listed below:
For K-12 students, each week teachers will load assignments, video recorded lessons, and other learning materials onto flash drives that can either be picked up from the school building or delivered each Wednesday by the transportation department. These digital materials can then be uploaded from the flash drive onto your child’s chromebook using the directions found here. Your child should then save assignments to the flash drive or email photos of completed work to the respective teacher.
Flash drives for the MS and HS students can be picked up or delivered on Wednesday each week.
Flash drives for elementary students will be delivered to home each Wednesday.
WiFi Access outside of school buildings
Internet access is available through the public wifi outside of each school building. We have had a number of students (mostly high school) who park in the lot and complete work or download work and continue to work offline at home.
As the weather warms and this becomes a more viable option, we welcome you to campus to work outside but ask that you follow social distance guidelines.
We recognize that both options are not perfect and may be subject to some hiccups along the way, but we are committed to you and your child. We will continue to press forward, adapt, and seek better solutions together.
What if my child cannot attend scheduled class times on Zoom? Will my child be penalized?
Although it is highly encouraged to attend, there is not a penalty for being unable to attend a scheduled Zoom session. Live class sessions are advantageous in providing opportunity for real time feedback, a social opportunity, and a means to provide a consistent schedule. The Center for Disease Control recommends that children try to keep a regular routine as a means to safeguard mental health during this time of social distancing. We acknowledge that all households are different and, therefore, virtual classes will be recorded and posted on the classroom Schoology page/Seesaw account/Google Classroom/Flashdrive to view later.
What if my child “can’t” do the work? What if my child “won’t” do the work?
This is not a new challenge for parents or teachers. Since the very beginnings of education, this has always been a part of the process, which requires a similar approach but a unique solution to solve. In either scenario (“I can’t” or “I won’t”) you are not alone.
There are many scenarios that might create an “I can’t” circumstance (A student is caring for younger siblings while parents work, technology barrier, does not have a certain skill or content knowledge, yet). In either of the potential “I can’t” scenarios, the resolution resides in the communication between student, caregiver, and school. There will have to be a collaborative effort to best identify the why and then a collaborative effort to figure out how. This may take on the form of a phone call or Zoom meeting to gain clarity as to the why and then work to develop a plan to address it.
Potential solutions can be one on one or small group Zoom time with the classroom teacher, continued practice and feedback, partnering with a classmate on assignments over Zoom, follow up instruction from another teacher or service provider, etc. In a perfect teaching and learning scenario, the classroom teacher is adjusting to feedback provided by students in order to meet individual needs. In this circumstance of remote learning, the adjustments will not be as fluid. Please know that at any time you feel that your child is struggling with academic content and requires additional assistance, you can email the building principal to activate this collaborative process.
What can you expect if you find your child in the “I won’t”? You can expect multiple contacts from the school to develop a plan which may include additional support from our pupil services team. The issue of “I won’t do this” typically isn’t a content or content skill deficit issue. However, it does require the same communication and collaborative effort to identify the why behind the refusal and the development of a plan to assist students to move from the “I won’t” to the “I will”. Although circumstances among students and families may have similarities, the individual experience and perspective is never the same. This means each plan will require a student specific solution. This in part is what makes the teaching and learning experience a challenge and further accentuates the importance of collaboration between student, caregiver and school in meeting the needs of all learners.
Whichever situation arises, the response will be individualized based on the particular needs and circumstances of the learner. Whatever the situation, if there is not sufficient evidence of learning, there will be an individualized plan for each student to be provided with the time and support to demonstrate the essential skills and knowledge to allow them to progress. This could occur during the summer or whenever we return to a traditional school setting.
Will elementary specials be rated?
Elementary specials, including Art, Coding, Music, PE, PLTW and Science will not be subject to the rating system. You can count on special area teachers sending out tasks and assignments to continue the learning process in these areas, but student performance will not be rated.
My child has an IEP, will special education services be provided?
Yes. Special education teachers continue to provide students their accommodations, modifications, and IEP services to the extent possible and practical. Teachers continue tracking progress towards students’ IEP goals. Teachers have made individual and small group contact with students on their caseload and are working with guardians and parents to provide support to the family. Academic Support classes are part of the scheduled instructional time. Additionally, special education annual reviews are still taking place via phone or video-conference. In the event you feel your child’s learning needs are not being met appropriately please do not hesitate to communicate your concern with your child’s teacher, principal or the Director of Pupil and Family Services, Dr. Jason Hans.
These online learning platforms can be confusing, is there training for parents?
Although there is not a formal training program, our teachers, administrators and tech integration specialists are available to assist you. Please email the building principal or call the District Office at 655-8216 to access personal assistance.
My child’s chromebook will not work, what do I do?
Technical Assistance and service is available at the SCRIC Student and Family Support webpage: https://sites.google.com/btboces.org/school-closure-technology-supp/home. Families can also call (607)766-3800 for over the phone support for a live technician.
If you do not find success there, don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the building principal. A replacement chromebook will be made available for pickup or delivery.