The practices, policies and templates that a school uses to (1) determine students' level of mastery; (2) articulate promotion and graduation standards; (3) determine students' eligibility for promotion and graduation; (4) report student progress to students, families, staff, and outside stakeholders.
- Timely Support
"The development of the grading and reporting system has to occur at a very particular time in your design work: it should not happen before the academic program is developed in alignment to competencies. At the same time, it has to be ready for implementation before students arrive. All too often, designers do not addresses this until well into a school year, and then they realize that students and families have no idea how assessment works.
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Tips for a Short Implementation Time-Line
In a short-timeline, it's probably best to borrow and adapt from existing models, rather than create something from scratch. In the beginning, the goal is to help students, families and staff members become used to the idea of a proficiency-based or competency-based assessment system. Once this hurdle is cleared, the system can evolve into one that is more customized and mission-driven.