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Guiding Principles

  1. All learning outcomes are shared and understood by teachers, students, and families, including long-term learning objectives (Performance Indicators), Scoring Criteria, and short-term learning objectives. 
  2. Student achievement is evaluated against Performance Indicators using common Scoring Criteria that are consistently applied to all students regardless of whether they are enrolled in traditional courses or pursuing alternative learning pathways.
  3. All forms of assessment are aligned to Performance Indicators or short-term learning objectives and criterion-referenced, and success is defined by the achievement of expected outcomes, not relative measures of performance or student-to-student comparisons.
  4. Formative assessments measure learning progress on short-term learning objectives during the instructional process, and formative-assessment results are used to inform instructional adjustments, teaching practices, and academic support.
  5. Summative demonstrations of learning evaluate student achievement on Performance Indicators, and summative demonstrations of learning record a student’s level of proficiency at a specific point in time.
  6. Learning progress and achievement are monitored and reported separately from Habits of Work, such as responsibility, perseverance, and integrity, which are also monitored and reported.
  7. Academic grades communicate learning progress and achievement to students and families and equip them with the information they need to make important decisions about a student’s education.
  8. Students are given multiple opportunities to improve their work. 
  9. Students have voice and choice about how they demonstrate learning progress and achievement through personalized demonstrations of learning.
  10. Students have voice and choice about what and how they learn, including varied content, materials, and methods of instruction.
Original text courtesy of : Great Schools Partnership