Letter from Cathey Goodgame – January 15, 2020

Middle Campus families,

First semester Progress Reports will be available in ManageBac tomorrow after Advisory. I talked with the students at Morning Meeting today and they are ready to do some reflection during Advisory tomorrow morning.

This email has lots of important information about Progress Reports. Please read it carefully when you have a few extra minutes to digest it. We encourage you to sit down with your child to review the report with him/her. Your child is likely to know exactly where improvement is needed and what needs to be done to show growth. Somer Hobby and I have put together a FAQ (see below) that you can read either before or as you are looking at your child’s report. The information on this report does not get “averaged” in any way to determine the end of year grades. It should be used as a way to determine where growth is needed and how that growth can be accomplished.

You should have received an email from Somer Hobby on Monday offering an opportunity to learn more about Progress Reports. As Somer mentioned, all families are welcome to attend but please know if you are a returning parent/guardian of a 7th or 8th grader and generally understand the information provided in this report, none of this information will be new for you. If you are new to the Middle Campus or had trouble understanding the information provided in the report last year, this session might be helpful to you.

As always, please don’t hesitate if you have questions.

Wishing you well,

Cathey

 

How do I get my child’s report?

You will receive an email from ManageBac notifying you when the report has been posted. If you don’t receive an email, you can still access them in ManageBac after noon on Thursday, January 16.

If you haven’t logged into ManageBac (or have forgotten how) contact Somer Hobby and she will be happy to help you out.

What’s in my report?

  • There will be one page for each of the 8 subject areas. Each page will have the following information:
  • An achievement level for each MYP Assessment Criterion. There are 4 of these for each subject area.
  • A Commitment to Guiding Principles grade based on the attached rubric.
    Commitment to Guiding Principles comments written by your child’s teachers that give insight into what your child is doing well and where they can improve.

Where did the information under MYP Assessment Criteria come from?

This is generated by the ManageBac program and the information comes directly from the rubrics used by the students. The wording is based on the achievement level earned by your child in that subject area. This description and the related achievement level are likely based on a single assessment. At least one more assessment in each criterion will occur during the second semester so that students have the opportunity to show growth.

What is an Achievement Level?

During each unit of study, teachers choose one or more of the four assessment criteria to focus their instruction. Students are then assessed on the chosen criteria and earn achievement levels based on their performance. At the end of the semester, when there are multiple assessments, and the end of the year, teachers look for patterns in data and consistency of performance to determine an overall achievement level for each criterion.

Why does my child have an N/A for one or more Achievement Levels?

If your child has an N/A, the most likely reason is that he or she enrolled after the first summative was given. Another possibility is that he or she has not submitted all or a portion of an assessment. If incomplete, you should have been notified by the teacher about this assessment and there should be a plan in place for your child to work on the assessment.

How do I know if the Achievement Level is “good”?

Remember that we are focused on growth. Because each subject-area is a year long course and each rubric focuses on skills rather than specific content, students are assessed on skills they we hope for them to have by the end of the year. We encourage you to pay attention most carefully to the Commitment to Guiding Principles grade and the teacher comments for each subject area as it will give you insight into your child’s work habits, which most greatly impact academic performance. Take note of your child’s current achievement level performance, and look for improvement on each of these achievement levels throughout the remainder of the school year. A good indicator of “grade level performance” is earning a 5-6 by the end of the school year. This will not be the case for all students, however, so if your child is not performing at that level, focus on looking for growth within each of the criterion.

If you’d like a general idea of what your child’s overall grade in a subject area would be right now, if we ended the school year. Find the “Total” provided on the report and look for the appropriate place on this Grade Boundary table:

IB MYP Final Grade Boundaries
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1-5 6-9 10-14 15-18 19-23 24-27 28-32

 

Please don’t be alarmed if the overall grade is lower than you and your child are hoping for, remember these progress reports, in general, reflect performance on a single assessment and the second semester is utilized as an opportunity for students to demonstrate growth and improvement.

What does my child need in order to be promoted?

The can be found here (section 4). There are several criteria for each grade level and only one pertains to class grades: Earning an overall grade of 3 or higher in each subject area. Remember, we won’t have final overall grades in most courses until May but you can get a good idea from the achievement level scores on each page of the report.

If your child has predominantly achievement levels of 3 and above at this point in the year, remind him/her that they must continue to strive for growth above those 3s to satisfy the portfolio promotion criteria which includes a requirement for academic growth in each subject area from the beginning to the end of the year.

If your child has more achievement levels in the 0-2 range than in the 3-8 range begin discussions at home about how to support him/her in focusing on ways to grow in each of the subject areas. With each new assessment, look for improvement in achievement levels. If none is being seen, reach out to teachers for additional ideas and information on how your child can work to improve.