On August 26, 2008, our Board of Directors (the school board for the Hillsboro School District 1J) reviewed policy JEDA, which allows teachers to require make-up work from students who have an unexcused absence and missed an assignment. According to this policy, teachers don’t have to “grant credit” for the assignment, i.e., not assess, nor give feedback, and possibly dump a zero into the grading mix.
I’m proud to say that the board unanimously requested that admin revise the policy to separate academic proficiency from attendance. And I’m also proud to say that the admin welcomed this action, because they also are on board with standards-based grading.
The policy will be revised in the near future, and no more students in Hillsboro will be required to make-up school work without assessment and appropriate scoring (“credit”).
So, you ask, why am I excited?
It’s the first time that we, the Board, have had the opportunity to address standards-based grading in a public meeting, which is where it all happens in terms of real change. 🙂
This is the first of many grading policies that will be revised to get HSD 1J on board with 21st century grading practices. District administration has had on ongoing conversation with building admin for the last couple of years, new teachers getting instruction on SBG, and veteran staff is in the process of becoming acquainted with SBG concepts. In fact, a high number of verteran staff are already with the program.
I’m a happy camper.
Note to veteran staff…I’m also “veteran staff (retired).” 😉
More to come…