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Monday, March 12 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Grading and Reporting: What Have We Learned?

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In the world of proficiency-based learning, many secondary schools begin their work by changing report cards and transcripts. Such a move might seem logical, or even necessary. After all, if a school has fundamentally altered its grading practices to assess a collection of standards and declared that students must be proficient in those standards in order to graduate, reporting should surely reflect those changes. But then the first report card goes home, and the pushback begins from parents and students. Students who used to know how to get a grade aren’t sure anymore. Parents wonder if their kids will get into colleges with a new transcript. Teachers have to defend a system they’ve only just begun to implement. Principals find themselves in a cycle of damage control instead of focusing on teaching and learning in their buildings. Carefully-built support for the concept of proficiency-based learning begins to erode.

In this session, participants will unpack the important differences between grading and reporting and seek to uncover the aspects of their systems that are most impactful in leveraging powerful learning for all students. For educators who are just beginning to think about how their grading and reporting systems could better reflect changing practices, the session will provide a starting point and resources for building a shared understanding of grading. For participants who have already begun to plan or implement changes in grading and reporting systems, the session will provide a chance to share experiences with other educators and access samples of grading and reporting resources.

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Reed Dyer

Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
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Don Weafer

Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
I'm a former high school English teacher from Maine, and my current responsibilities include work with a number of Vermont schools and the coordination of the Vermont LIS.

Monday March 12, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
South County - Omni Hotel