Grading for Mastery
One of our major shifts this year is grading for mastery. Students are expected to master each part of an assessment task before moving on to the next part. This practice is also being used by many teachers in day to day lessons by allowing for revisions. Providing opportunities for peer review and student feedback is an important part in the revision process. In making this shift, we are communicating to students that:
Tracking and Monitoring of Progress
It is important that students also value the process and reflect on their learning along the way. The Tracking and Monitoring of Progress Through the NGSS Assessments document is one way to do this and also keep a record of where students are within the assessment. This document can also serve as the tool to communicate student progress with parents since many of the assessment tasks take days or weeks to complete without a grade being placed in the grade book. A final grade is given at the end of the assessment task that measures the degree of mastery of the NGSS performance expectation(s) found within the assessment tasks.
Below is a student example of Part 1 completed on the Tracking and Monitoring of Progress document.
Cari WIlliams is a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for the Tustin Unified School District in Southern California. She holds a MS in Instructional Design and Technology from Cal State Fullerton and works on the side as a consultant writing science and STEAM curriculum and training teachers. After working for 12 years in the classroom as a middle school science and STEAM teacher, she transitioned into the role of Digital Learning Coach in 2013. In this role, Cari helped teachers innovate curriculum and shift pedagogies through the integration of educational technologies and practices found within the NGSS. Her most current work as a TOSA is focussed on engineering design in robotics, computer science, and makerspaces. She is an official VEX Robotics event partner hosting tournaments for teams from around Southern California as well as leading 28 robotics programs servicing over 100 teams in the Tustin Unified School District. Although her expertise has taken her deep into STEAM education, she remains passionate and engaged in helping teachers transition to the NGSS through participating as a Science Peer Review Panelist for Achieve and acting as a Professional Learning Facilitator and Instructional Coach for NSTA.