Moving toward sound grading practices:

Traditionally, a student's grade may have reflected a combination of test scores, attendance, homework completion, extra credit, behavior and other factors, and may not have reflected student learning of academic content. The proficiency-based approach makes clear what students know and are able to do by measuring academic progress separately from non-academic factors.

The teaching and learning is intended to encourage a shift in thinking away from a grade with much more of a focus on how each student demonstrates learning.

“We want to make sure that what we report is the most accurate information of your child’s level of proficiency. We want to make sure that the practices we utilize are supportive of the development and maintenance of your child’s confidence in their ability to eventually be successful.” Tom Schimmer 2013
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