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Hey team, Hope everyone is off to great start today! Just wanted to pass along some CRT tips and tricks from Zaretta Hammond. If you would like access to her video, click this link and register, then it will be sent to you. Otherwise, you can find my summary of the video in this Google Doc. As always, please reach out with any questions or if I can support with anything. Be well, Nikki
As we were having our morning conversation around grading yesterday, I began thinking about filling out the annual Alternative Education Campus Application. To be an AEC school, for which we receive additional funding, you have to prove that 95% of the student body have suffered one or multiple barriers to their education, such as homelessness, addiction, domestic abuse, incarceration, pregnancy, you get the idea. In that document one must literally go student by student, mark a barrier or barriers and provide documentation to substantiate that barrier. Every year it is a cold reality check on what our students have been through. Ultimately, you end with a strikingly efficient yet cold document which lays bare the absolute hell most of our kids have endured. Then comes Covid-19. The most severe crisis to strike us since perhaps World War II. And we know this crisis, like most, disproportionately effect those that are most vulnerable, precisely our students. In short a grave situation just got a lot worse. Over the past two years we have focused on equity as a powerful lever which we could use to break through barriers and reach students who have been disenfranchised in their education. It is now more important than ever to use that lever in our course design and grading system. Course Design: As a starting point please consider our students current circumstances and what can be accomplished. When designing your courses and determining which competencies will be demonstrated, I would consider depth over breadth, dialing back the number of times a competency must be demonstrated and creating as many opportunities and modalities to show competency as possible. Also I believe that it is essential that each student is provided with a roadmap that clearly details how the course can be successfully completed. Grading System: It is imperative, the grading system causes no harm and seeks to encourage rather than deter students. Therefore we will follow these guidelines:
Ultimately, I believe we must honor the work that students have done, not cause further harm by penalizing students for circumstances for which they had no control and most importantly provide and deploy every resource at our disposal for the students benefit. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please reach out to me. Appreciatively, David Daves
Secondary School Leaders,
Thank you for all your work this week as we began remote learning. The feedback received this week around the positive experience it has been for so many students is truly a reflection of your leadership. As we move into our second week, we will provide the details regarding grading for the remainder of the school year. This information will be shared during the Grading Guidance Webinar scheduled for Wednesday morning. The guidance communicated this week is listed again below and will be implemented across all district schools.
Rationale for Plan:
As the Schools and Academics Division considered a grading model for spring 2020 that has equity at the center, we identified the following strengths of a credit/no credit grading model that was supportive of all students and teachers:
· Alleviates equity issues across teachers (e.g., capacity to deliver online instruction, capacity to support students while working from home, sickness)
· Alleviates equity issues across students (e.g., conditions for learning, capacity to be self taught/home schooled, ability to submit assignments) · Maintains student engagement and learning while acknowledging new learning conditions
District Grading Plan for Spring 2020 Semester (All 9-12 Schools):
All spring 2020 marking periods for grades 9-12 that were in progress as of March 13 will convert to a credit/no credit model. This model will focus on the essential understandings/big ideas/competencies of a course and will rely on a body of evidence (e.g., essay, presentation, project) for determining credit for the course. All marking periods that were in progress, or yet to begin, will be converted to a credit/no credit model. The 2020 spring semester will be removed from all cumulative GPA calculations for students in grades 9-12. Class ranking for seniors will be based on GPA through the fall of 2019.
Grading Guidance Webinar – 9:00 am., Wednesday, April 15, 2020:
The webinar will support implementing the new grading model and address the following areas:
|Rationale for moving to this grading model district-wide|
|Guidance for granting credit and body of evidence examples|
|Additional grading guidance for specific courses (e.g., CE, CTE, internship)|
|Implications for Advanced Placement|
|Graduation Requirements 2021|
If you have additional questions in areas not listed above please reach out to Cathy_Martin@dpsk12.organd we will make sure information is addressed.
We are monitoring the shifts from our college partners around grading, attendance, and registration policies and will continue to communicate those. The latest information can be found here.
NCAA Guidance to date:
We are reaching out to NCAA to determine what changes could be made given the unprecedented time that we are in and the challenge for students with no SAT score for spring 2020. We will continue to advocate for adjustments to GPA calculations for a “credit” grade so that our students are not at a disadvantage.
DPS expects that students enrolled in AP courses will take all related exams and submit portfolios for each AP course they are enrolled. Despite no GPA calculation this spring, students will have the incentive of earning potential college credit and / or advanced course placement upon college matriculation. Students will maintain the weighted grade for AP course work completed at the end of the Fall semester.
2021 Graduation Requirements:
We will be providing future communication and updates the week of April 20 for consideration for the class of 2021 graduation requirements in conjunction with information provided from CDE and connected to our current remote environment.
Thank you for your continued work and support. We appreciate your collaboration in this new environment and look forward to our continued work together next week.
Mike and Tamara