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Are students failing or Proficient?

Are students failing or Proficient?

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In our school district a student who scores a 60 on any assement has a letter grade of a "D". However according to the state standards any student who scores a 60% is considered Profecient on that framework. In other words we are promoting a "D" student to the next grade that the state says is almost at Mastery. Does anyone have a problem with this, and any idea who to fix it?

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David Wees
Formative Assessment Specialist for New Visions for Public Schools

I think the letter grade and the percentages are meaningless, as they can easily be gamed. The question is, how important is agreement between your school and your state on what is considered proficient? It seems to me that this can only be addressed with a conversation between your school district and your state.

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