November 4, 2013
At the end of each trimester as well as at the end of the school year, there are a number of tasks that teachers and teams need to complete in order to ensure that Trimester Report Cards and Year-End Power Standards Summary Reports can be successfully printed in school offices and sent home to parents.
When teachers and teams are collecting academic grades, Learner Quality grades (middle school), and Power Standards in their Gradebooks throughout the trimester on a variety of assessments (from observational to paper-and-pencil to authentic culminating projects), there are only a few items that need to be completed at the end of each trimester and end of the year.
For grades 1-8…
- Review students’ grades as a team and override when there is evidence that the Gradebook’s automatic calculation is not the best description of student performance.
- (Elementary School) Enter Learner Quality marks in the “Standards” section of the Homeroom PM Gradebook–Only mark performance that has either been exceptional or that needs significant improvement.
- Enter comments. (Middle schools enter comments using the comment bank in each Gradebook. Elementary schools enter comments using the Trimester Final Grades Comment field in the Score Inspector.)
Complete all three of the above activities for the Trimester Report Card and…
- Review students’ final Power Standards for the year (Y1) after hitting the “Final Grades” button in the Gradebook and override any Power Standards marks when there is evidence that that Gradebook’s automatic calculation is not the best description of student performance. (i.e., Gradebook shows “Progressing toward Mastery” but on the last four assessments the student has shown and “Mastery”.)
For Kindergarten teachers, both second trimester and third trimester (and only second trimester and third trimester), you will…
Second Trimester & Third Trimester
- Review students’ final Power Standards (Y1) after hitting the “Final Grades” button in the Gradebook and override any Power Standards marks when there is evidence that that Gradebook’s automatic calculation is not the best description of student performance. (i.e., Gradebook shows the relevant score from the Kindergarten scale. This score can be overridden if the evidence suggests that is necessary.)
Topic: Assessment, PowerSchool
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