Tuesday, October 27, 2015

An Update on English Scores

I am entering the students' scores for their summative English assignment today and wanted to take a moment to address what they mean.  English scores are on a continuum of growth, meaning that a child getting a "2" on a standard this quarter is not reason for alarm or disappointment.  Two of the standards that students are scored on this quarter; standards 1 and 5, are hard concepts to conquer as they involve abstract thinking and expression.    These standards are practiced most quarters and we typically see great growth in not just skill, but also in confidence.

I will be addressing this with students today as well as they receive their summative scores.  My intention is certainly not to frustrate students (or parents) but instead challenge their thinking and their skills.  I will continue to do small group, as well as one-on-one instruction in class to help individual students as needed.

For the next two days students are working on their final speech of the quarter; a choral poetry performance.  This is a great way to boost speech scores and build their confidence as speakers.  These will be performed and videotaped next Monday.

Finally, students will determine their standards scores for the semester evaluating their own growth as well as setting goals for next quarter tomorrow.  I will send home copies of their self assessments on Monday.

Please continue to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.  I so appreciate your feedback and support.


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