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Student Report Cards Will Look Different ...

posted Sep 28, 2014, 3:14 PM by scott elementary   [ updated Sep 2, 2016, 3:39 PM by Salem Keizer ]

New grading practices begin this fall


This fall, parents will notice something new in grading practices and progress reports. Starting this school year, Salem-Keizer’s elementary schools will use proficiency grading to report student grades.


In proficiency grading, grades reflect a student’s mastery, or level of proficiency, on an academic standard. A standard is something students are expected to know and be able to do at the end of the school year.


Proficiency grades are reported on a scale of 1 to 4, with 3 indicating proficiency. At the start of the year, students will most likely receive 1s and 2s on progress reports. This is because students have not yet received a year’s worth of instruction about a standard.


By the end of the school year, the goal for students is to score at least a 3 on all standards. At the start of the school year, scores of 1 and 2 are to be expected and do not mean a student is failing. This is because students aren’t expected to reach a standard until the end of the year. 


The reason for using proficiency grading is because it has been shown to increase student learning. It helps teachers identify areas where students need more instruction to reach a standard.


For more information about proficiency grading in Salem-Keizer elementary schools, parents can watch a short video: http://vimeo.com/105143348 Parents are also encouraged to get in touch with their student’s teacher to ask questions about proficiency grading.