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NESD Presentation

Recap of an interview with Mr. Kris Little on current practices in NESD
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Kandace Little

on 27 February 2013

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Transcript of NESD Presentation

North East School Division Current Practices No-Zero Policy, Late Marks, & Rewrites Do you agree with NESD in regards to their different practices?
What parts could you see working well and what are some possible drawbacks?
What are your thoughts? Discussion: What does this mean to you as a teacher? - Teachers are not allowed to give a "0" on any assignment, project, or test. If a student does not complete an assignment or test, teacher puts "INC" for incomplete and student will not receive a mark in the class unless they complete that assignment or test.

- Student is assigned to study hall the next day until it is complete as well as a parent phone call (auto dialer) goes home. After 2nd day of study hall, admin gets involved.

- No late marks are taken off for late assignments, labs, projects, or tests

- NESD does not give zeros because that is not reflective of what the student knows, it is a behavior issue. Therefore you are penalizing them academically when the root of the problem was behavior. Grading & Assessing Students Transitions, Monitoring & Planning (TPM) TPM & Levels of School wide Behavior Plan was implemented in Fall 2012 Student-led Conferences ...An interview with Mr. Kris Little - Mr. Little thinks that this system works if you stick to the deadlines of handing in assignments. Positive to this system is students have to eventually complete all the work and cannot just opt out of doing assignments, taking the zero, and still getting credit for the course. - NESD requires their teachers to use marking rubrics for grades K-8, and encourages high school teachers to.

- NESD has been using StudentsAchieve Code Tables since Fall 2011. - Elementary has no + or - in their alpha coding to eliminate subjective teacher marking, but high school has to because if using percentages, there would be a huge gap in grades if + and - were not attached

- Mr. Little has been using rubrics for marking students for about 4 years. The downfall he sees with using this grading rubric is that the lowest percent a student can receive is 30%. This in turn helps more students pass than would if traditional marking system was used.
Example: Student receives a bunch of "Fail"s, a few "Not Yet"s, and one "Fully Meeting" and received a passing grade. If a traditional marking system would have been used here, the student would not have passed because those "Fail"s and "Not Yet"s would have been lower than 30%.

- Mr. Little has recently (this semester) switched back to the traditional method of marking. - Student-led conferences have been in place in NESD since Fall 2010 (3 school years ago) and replace traditional parent/teacher interviews

- In student-led conferences, the student leads the discussion with the teacher and parent through talking about their goals and then any other issues

- Each student sets two goals: one for the end of the year and one for the end of the semester. They do not have to be school-related. Example: getting a job, saving X amount of money, attaining a certain average, etc.

- Student-led conferences happen twice a year, one per semester, a few days after report cards go out. They happen over a period of two school evenings and each student + their parent is allotted a 10 minute spot

- Student-led conferences are mandatory for all students and if a student does not show up, you must call home and set up a time the three people can meet (on your own time) - Each teacher is assigned 20-25 students who they meet with twice during the year prior to conferences. This is when students set goals and chose their portfolio work - Downfall: If parent wants to talk to any other teacher that teaches their child, they have to set up a time that works outside of these student-led conferences
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