Purpose(s)/Goal:

  • To establish professional development and support to promote equitable high school grading practices in alignment with future district policy 2420.
  • To align equitable grading practice recommendations to new electronic grading platform of student information system (Skyward/Qmlativ).

Basis for Establishment: 

  • During the 2019-20 school year phase one of our High School Grading Practices Task Force formed, focusing on understanding the landscape of grading in our high schools, developing grading guidelines and best practices for equitable grading, and developing policy.
  • This grading task force submitted recommendations for Policy 2420 and Procedure 2420.
  • As a result of this work, it was determined that the districtwide task force should continue into a phase 2 to further develop and provide a professional development plan to support guidelines and best practices for equitable grading, and to plan and support implementation of a new gradebook platform (Skyward/Qmlativ).

Decision-Making Process:

  • Task force work will utilize processes of consensus and input/feedback, with clear communication to members and staff regarding the work.
  • The work will be consultative with the Department of Teaching and Learning.
  • The group will be a recommending body to the deputy superintendent and superintendent.

Plan of Work: 

  • Review 2019-20 Task Force documentation to determine focus for professional development and gradebook work to support the recommendations.
  • Align task force guidelines and best practice recommendation to new grading platform (Skyward/Qmlativ).
  • Identify and plan professional development needs for equitable grading practices, including implementation plans and supports for the use of Qmlativ.

Regular Members:

Please note that members of the Phase One of the High School Grading Practices Task Force have been invited to continue their work if they choose. Following their determinations, open spots will be filled from Phase Two applicants, paying attention to balance of representation from each of the four high schools.

Responsibilities: 

  • Regular meeting attendance and active participation.
  • Respectful and collaborative interactions with task force members.
  • Support of transparent process through regular communication with school staff on progress of task force according to speaking points generated at each meeting and in accordance with posted task force notes.
  • Support the involvement of all teachers by gathering input from school staff and families as determined and outlined by the task force.

2020-21 Meeting Schedule:

  • March 1, 2021 – Notes – Last meeting for task force phase one due to the pandemic.
  • All meetings will be from 3:30-5 p.m. via Zoom
  • Currently scheduled meetings are:
  • Task force work is anticipated to continue into fall 2021.

Budget Implications:

  • Possible implication for professional development needs.

Other:

  • In addition to parent and student representation on the task force, the involvement of families and students will take place through the Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Committee to the Superintendent, the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee, and other outreach for input through website announcements, focus groups, meetings, etc.