The proficiency leadership team met yesterday and made some progress on several items.
Revision of Rubrics/Indicators/Standards
Feedback from content area teachers using the Cross-curricular rubrics indicates that there will be many possible revisions to wording or even the indicators identified. This information and discussion is absolutely vital and we will undertake it, but not this spring. I would like to collect that feedback and hold a discussion on these items next fall. This may seem like a significant delay, but the reality is that we have many tasks still to begin and these tasks will be the priority this spring and summer. Ideally we would like to have content area standards/indicators and rubrics drafted by the end of the summer so that we may begin to enter them into RicherPicture for the fall. Once the majority of standards have been drafted we can begin the important work of revising.
Number of Demonstrations of Proficiency
The leadership team has considered several ideas about how often a student must demonstrate proficiency on a reporting (graduation standard) standard. The initial recommendation is:
- Cross Curricular Standards (guiding Principles)
7 Demonstrations of Cross Curricular Standards
3- from grades 7-9
4-from grades 10-12
- Content Area Standards
The number will be determined by content departments for each content area.
Number of Indicators That Must Be Met Per Standard
A student must receive on 3 on more the 50% of the indicators in a standard and no less than a 2 on any other indicator measured. This would apply to all graduation (reporting) standards.
Tangentially related to the above is the question of how many indicators must a given assessment address to count as evidence for proficiency? This may be best answered with an example.
For the Cross Curricular Standard on Problem Solving:
Total of 4 Indicators: A student must receive a 3 on 3 of these. Therefore, an assessment must include at least 3 of the 4 indicators to be considered as a valid measure of the graduation standard and the student must receive a 3 on all three indicators.