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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

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Standards-Based Grading Update and Future Work

By Julie Hunter and Kathy Emerick

We have started a three-year process to redesign our report cards to align with our standards-based instruction and grading practices. Identifying essential standards is the first step to implementing standards-based grading. 

Work in 2019-20

For 2019-20, we are launching this work with K-12 math and 6-12 social studies. 

Math

  • October 2019: A team of PreK-12th-grade TLL staff meets monthly to learn the process for identifying essential standards in math. 
  • November 2019 - January 2020 - School-based teams develop the first iteration of essential standards during 90-minute meetings in each school.
  • February - March 2020: Department chairs and lead teachers review information from all schools and identify common essential standards 

Social Studies

  • March 2020:  A team of PreK-12th-grade TLL staff meets monthly to learn the process for identifying essential standards in social studies.   
  • March - May 2020: School-based social studies teams first iteration of essential standards during a minimum of 90-minute meeting between March and May in each school.
  • May - June 2020: Department chairs and lead teachers review information from all schools and identify common essential standards.

Work in 2020-21 

  • Continue a similar process to create the rubrics for identified essential standards in math and social studies.
  • Continue the process of identifying essential standards for all other content areas. 

Work in 2021-22

Report Cards

While content area staff are identifying essential standards, our Standards-Based Foundation team created in 2018-19 will focus on districtwide grading scales and language, as well as engaging families and community to help us make our report cards useful and meaningful. It is our goal that by 2021-22 we will have consistent formatting for report cards appropriate to each grade level and subject area.

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