Grading and Reporting (update 8/2/2006)

 

Elementary Schools:  This fall the 17 schools which piloted the grades 1 & 2 electronic report card, along with two of the four new ES, will continue with the grades 1 & 2 electronic report card and also use the grade 3 tools being developed (grade 3 is not electronic yet.) The grade 3 tools have not yet been given to the 19 schools, but will be provided before the start of the 06-07 school year.  Tools refers to the content standards schools will use to evaluate student achievement.  These 19 schools will field test the electronic grade 3 report card in 07-08.

 

All other ES, in grades 1 & 2, will be using standards based tools to generate a traditional report card in 06-07.  This means that they will be using all the documents and standards based categories that the pilot schools used last year, but not in an electronic format.  This is to get them ready for full implementation of the electronic grades 1 & 2 report card in 07-08.  ES will use Pinnacle in 07-08 in grades 1 & 2. 

 

In 08-09, all ES might implement the full grade 3 electronic report card.  MCPS is uncertain whether the grade 3 report card will be fully ready at that time, specifically whether there will be enough time to incorporate everything they will learn during the 07-08 field test by fall 2008.  MCPS still does not know if grade 3 will continue with an A, B, C grading system or switch to a different code. 

 

Secondary Schools:  attached is a list of secondary schools which will be using Pinnacle and Edline in 06-07.  Edline has been renamed “OARS” which stands for Online Achievement Reporting System.  Principals decided whether to implement Pinnacle this year or wait until 07-08.  If a school is implementing Pinnacle and OARS, then their teachers should get training before school begins.  The office of Professional Development has conducted core training for these schools (core means building administrators, staff development teachers, reading specialists, and literacy coaches.) These staff will conduct in school training for teachers.  Staff in the remaining schools will attend training before fall 2007.  The pinnacle software has been customized to automatically include features of the MCPS grading system, such as the procedures to be followed on rounding up grades, not allowing homework for practice to be counted as more than 10% of a grade, and the 50% floor on attempted work.

 

The guidelines on reteach/reassessment and homework are to be re-released to all secondary schools based on the final refinements which came out of the One Text committee. MCPS has also put together a document called the “Look Fors”.  This is a list of items that parents and others should observe in their child’s school if the school is properly following procedures.  The Office of School Performance (OSP) will make these “look fors” part of their regular monitoring process.

 

MCPS will be working on developing an interim regulation for the grading and reporting policy in the fall.  To date it has been guided by something called the operational framework.  One text has been disbanded, but GRIT (Grading and Reporting Implementation Team) continues.

 


Schools Implementing Edline/Pinnacle

August 2006

 

High

Schools

Middle

Schools

 

1

Seneca Valley

Argyle

 

2

Clarksburg

Robert Frost

 

3

Wheaton

Roberto Clemente

 

4

Gaithersburg

Kingsview

 

5

Damascus

Shady Grove

 

6

Einstein

Martin Luther King Jr.

 

7

Watkins Mill

William H. Farquhar

 

8

Walter Johnson

North Bethesda

 

9

Wootton

Thomas W. Pyle

 

10

Quince Orchard

Cabin John

 

11

Northwood

White Oak

 

12

Bethesda-Chevy Chase

Silver Spring International

 

13

Rockville

Forest Oak

 

14

Northwest

Julius West

 

15

Poolesville

Sligo

 

16

Hubert Blake

A Mario Loiederman

 

17

Robert F. Kennedy

Herbert Hoover

 

18

Richard Montgomery

Rosa Parks

 

19

Col. Zadok Magruder

Neelsville

 

20

Paint Branch

Parkland

 

21

Winston Churchill

Montgomery Village

 

22

Sherwood

Benjamin Banneker

 

23

 

Briggs Chaney

 

24

 

Francis Scott Key

 

25

 

Takoma Park

 

26

 

Gaithersburg

27

RICA

 

28

Mark Twain