What are big ideas and where did they come from?
Rochester Public Schools has been and is continuing to work on changing its grading system. An RPS work group began to study grading and assessment practices back in 2016, and throughout their findings created and outlined the Big Ideas behind Grading for Learning. Since then, the Big Ideas have been implemented district-wide, and many teachers and schools have already been operating with these principles for some time. The entire District will use the Grading For Learning system starting in the 2020-2021 school year.
Here are some the elements of this system:
- An intentional focus on skill development
- Multiple opportunities for demonstrating each skill throughout the course of study
- A clear separation of behaviors and skill development
- Communication of skill development through Skyward and during frequent student-teacher conferences