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Monday, March 12 • 8:30am - 11:00am
What Happens When You Don’t Give Grades?

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**PRE-REGISTRATION (on formal registration site) + FEE ARE REQUIRED**
Students at the F.W. Parker Charter Essential School have to meet standards and provide evidence of what they know and can do, but they never get a traditional letter grade at the end of a course. In such a system, how do students know how well they are doing? How do teachers track student performance and gauge readiness? What impact does learning in this system have on students?

In this session, participants will begin by examining non-graded daily assignments, then review unit-based assessments, and ultimately unpack a narrative transcript. They will have opportunities to talk about actionable feedback and to think about ways to implement standards-based assessment in their classroom or school.

Presenters will work to explicitly help participants understand proficiency-based assessment from the classroom-level through the systems-level, so that they leave with a deeper understanding of how the small parts compose the whole when it comes to non-graded work.Participants will be shown examples of narrative feedback on nightly assignments, longer term projects,narrative progress reports, and final transcripts, and will be encouraged to think about how they could implement this practice in their classroom or school.


Matt Smith

Arts and Humanities Teacher, Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School
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Laura Warner

Teacher Leader, F.W. Parker Charter Essential School
I have been teaching and advising at Parker since 2003. Our school uses mastery-based assessment and portfolios, and students gateway from Divisions with a public presentation of their learning. We use narrative transcripts to send to colleges and I am one of the teachers who writes... Read More →

Monday March 12, 2018 8:30am - 11:00am EDT
552 B - Convention Center