How will we know they have learned it?

Our teachers are working hard to use assessment as a way to know what students know and to design lessons based on where the next learning point is for students.

Assessment Framework

8-12 Assessment & Scoring

The following explanations and definitions will assist students & parents in understanding the report of progress system and beliefs for WCSD students in grades 8-12. Student achievement is individual progress toward goals, centered on developing academic, emotional, and social skills, which results in confidence to take risks for ongoing growth.

Guiding Principles

  • Differentiation of instruction and assessment is necessary for students to grow and progress.
  • Multiple data points are used to determine the summative grade.
  • Course grades accurately communicate only academic achievement of the standards.
  • Independent practice is meaningful, purposeful, and tied to standards.
  • Students are given multiple opportunities to show proficiency through ongoing assessment.

Scoring Codes

Each indicator shows progress towards each specific learning targets for each course.

EE (100%): Exceeds: Student demonstrates above grade level understanding for the targeted skill or concept.
SC (97%): Secure – Student can apply the skill or concept correctly and independently.
DV (80%): Developing – Student shows some understanding. Reminders, hints, and suggestions are needed to promote understanding.
BG (60%): Beginning – Student shows little understanding of the concept. Additional teacher support is needed.

Proficiency (secure & exceeds): Students have shown this when they demonstrate a thorough understanding as evidenced by doing something substantive with the content beyond merely echoing it. Anyone can repeat information; it’s the proficient student who can break content into its component pieces, explain it through alternative perspectives and use it purposefully in new situations.