Students in Math I are thinking differently about grades this year. They will be looking at their grades as a reflection of what they can do, and they will know exactly what else they need to do to be proficient in their class.
BFA teachers have identified explicit learning targets in Math I, based on the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. Teachers have made those targets clear to their students. Students will receive grades based on when and how well they reach their learning targets according to proficiency-based grading. Their grades will be an accurate reflection of what they know, understand and can do mathematically, and not on whether they turn in their homework on time or how well they do on occasional tests.
What is Progress-Based Grading?
Learning targets are the essential math knowledge and understandings that are at the heart of the Math I curriculum. For each learning target, the student will have opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency and progress in multiple small assessments, when they are ready. Once a student can show proficiency, they will move on with the collaborative support of their teachers and other students working at their pace. When they need extra help, they will go back and get the support they need to better understand and show their learning.
In the past, grades have reflected an average of many factors – homework, quizzes, and tests. Students will now receive credit for learning they can demonstrate, explain and apply to the real world. Progress-Based Grading allows teachers to assess only the student’s true understanding of the mathematics material. The parent and the student will have a record of what the student knows and what they still must learn and be able to demonstrate.
Progress-based grading or proficiency-based grading will pave the way for student-centered learning, where students will move at their own pace through the curriculum. Parents can expect to see this extended to higher-level mathematics courses as our curriculum is adjusted to reflect the Common Core State Standards.