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Taft Middle School will transition to a standards based grading system in the 2021-2022 school year. Standards-based grading is a grading system in which teachers intentionally track their students’ progress and achievements and focus on helping their students’ progress toward their learning goals and reach their highest potential. Standards-based grading allows students, teachers, and parents the ability to view student progress based on identified proficiency levels on identified standards.

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Learner centered assessment performance levels

Exemplary (E): Attainment of a standard has been demonstrated to a level of extensive, consistent and profound understanding. Students who are exemplary will need to continue to demonstrate a level of excellence in their skill and knowledge in a standard as it is reassessed.

Proficient (P): Attainment of a standard has been demonstrated. Students that have demonstrated proficiency will need to continue to demonstrate proficiency as standards are reassessed and/or should work to demonstrate a level of excellence in their skill and knowledge in a standard as it is reassessed.

Developing (D): Some demonstration of knowledge and skill toward attaining a standard. Students who have obtained this performance level are making progress and demonstrating skills building toward the overall standard.

Insufficient (I): Has not shown adequate knowledge and skill/not enough substantial evidence toward attaining a standard. Students scoring this indicator equates a lack of attainment and should elicit more questions about a student’s overall skill and knowledge of a standard.

No evidence (N): Unique circumstance that has not allowed the instructor to collect any information on a student’s attainment of a standard. This may be due to extended absences, illness, transfers, etc.