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Posts with Topic: Assessment Archives - Modern Pen

End-of-trimester timelines 2016-2017

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For 2016-2017, we will continue using the same process that we have been using for a number of years to close out the trimester for grades K-8, verifying grades, and publishing report cards. Please note that Kindergarten teachers are now included in this process for second and third trimester. There is no longer a paper-based […]

2015-2016 Trimester III Report Card Timelines

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As typically takes place each year, the Board of Education approved the official last day of school at the April Board Meeting. The last day of classes will be on June 1, 2016. As a result, we can now communicate the end of trimester timeframe for academic grades, Learner Qualities, Power Standards, and comments. For […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: The Learner Qualities

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How do we assess the Learner Qualities in contrast to Academic Grades? While student growth and performance in literacy, mathematics, science, and social science are of utmost important in School District 21, there is also an understanding that knowledge and skills in these areas alone will not allow an individual to be as likely to […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Weighting Rubrics–A Specific Example

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Using rubrics is one of the best ways to assess student performance on a high-level open-ended task. Often times, rubrics (like the one pictured above) will include multiple areas of assessment. For example, the “Math Knowledge” and “Strategic Knowledge” grades of the rubric will enter in to the “Mathematics” Gradebook. On the other hand, the […]

Google Classroom & Differentiation

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With the launch of Google Classroom, School District 21 teachers have another tool to make the science and art of differentiation more powerful and more seamless in appropriately challenging all of our students. Google Classroom allows teachers to create as many classes as they might like. So, while parents, students, and even the team of […]

Mid-Trimester Reports, Grades 1-5

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All Mid-Trimester Reports have been converted into Google Docs and are available to School District 21 staff members through this link: Mid-Trimester Reports 1st – 5th Grade   Creating reports for your students 1. Create a folder within your Google Drive named Mid-Tri Progress Report Templates. 2. Go to your Google Drive Shared with Me/Incoming […]

End of year assessment reporting tips

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At the end of each school year, School District 21 parents of students in grades 1-8 receive two reporting documents with information regarding the performance of their children: Trimester 3 Report Card Power Standards Summary Report   If teachers and teams have been collecting assessment data throughout the school year and entering it in the […]

Great Start, Great Year, Great Learning

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The 2014-2015 school year started with an emphasis on School District 21’s two PLC Areas of Focus: Inclusionary Practices and Authentic Learning. The day began with CCSD21 Superintendent Dr. Kate Hyland encouraging all staff members to continue to collaborate in focusing on our students, their needs, and preparing them for their futures despite the challenges […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Suggested Learner Quality Categories

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Suggested categories for each Learner Quality are listed as the bulleted items within the category/Learner Quality. These were developed based on the work of the sixth grade teams at London during Fall 2008.   Self-Directed Learner Homework completion Projects Prepared for class Responsibility for Own Learning   Collaborative Worker Small group Large group   Quality […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Categories for Kindergarten

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Following visits to Kindergarten classrooms and discussions with Kindergarten teachers, it has become apparent that Kindergarten Gradebooks in PowerTeacher can likely benefit from three consistent Categories across Gradebooks: Daily Work, Observations, and One-on-One Assessment. As a reminder, across all grade levels, the Gradebook should be used as a tool that allows for the efficient collection […]

Each District 21 school is named after an American author, and learning and literacy is at the center of our Professional Learning Community. The Modern Pen provides a collaborative location in which District 21 teachers can come together to learn the skills that will enable their students to learn new skills and to understand concepts at an even different level than before.