3 Key features: 1. Connect to clearly articulated learning objectives. 2. Separate academic achievement from behaviors. 3. Focus on learning progress. The practice of assessing students on their level of mastery of competencies/performance outcomes or standards. Grades are based on the final level of achieved mastery. This fundamentally different from traditional grading systems that typically consist of a cumulative score that's a combination of task completion, effort, and an average score on assignments and tasks.
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Begin by developing a grading system that will allow for tracking both academic mastery and noncognitive habits or behaviors. The system should measure progress on performance indicators (such as Asia Society's), the Common Core/Next Gen. standards, or summative and formative tasks.