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Posts with Tag: Power Standards Archives - Modern Pen

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 […]

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 […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Self-verifying before report cards

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To allow teachers additional time to assess students and enter scores over the traditional verification process as well as to make the process significantly more efficient for school secretaries, teachers self-verify core academic grades, exploratory/special area grades, Learner Quality grades, Power Standards (end of the school year only), and comments. As pictured below, there are […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Report Card tasks

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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. […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Power Standards-Odd or even assessments?

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Do students have to have an odd number of Power Standards assessments? No. The issue is that if there is an even number of assessments and the student has an even number of “Mastery” and “Progressing Toward Mastery” marks on those assessments, the student will not have a score automatically assigned because there is no […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Power Standards-How many assessments?

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How many assessments should each student have for each Power Standard? Statistics would suggest that it would be ideal for students to have approximately 7 assessments for each Power Standard over the course of the year, but there is no rule regarding how many assessments is the right amount for each Power Standard. The nature […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Power Standards–How to override

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How does a teacher override a Power Standard mark at the end of the year? First, near the top of the Gradebook window under the row of main navigation buttons, in the “Reporting Term” pull-down menu, select “Y1” as pictured below. Then, click on the “Final Grades” button, which is also highlighted below. Then, go […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Power Standards–Checking student performance

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How does our team check our students’ overall, final performance on each Power Standard for the year? When the team has been discussing the Power Standards and their assessment throughout the year through the routine instructional planning process, creating common Power Standards assessments as a team, and analyzing the performance of the students together as […]

PowerTeacher Gradebook: Entering Power Standards on specific assignments

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First, it is important for teachers to remember the following points: Not all assignments in the Gradebook will have Power Standards Some assignments will have multiple Power Standards assessed for that particular assignment Entering Power Standards with a particular assignment simply requires an additional couple of steps beyond the regular entry of an assignment in […]

Student course assignments & English Language Learners

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As part of School District 21’s long-term focus on student learning and the implementation of our Professional Learning Community, all students in School District 21 are enrolled in courses that meet their needs within their instructional programs. Additionally, all students are the responsibility of all teachers on the team. Taken together, these points have resulted […]

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.