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Monitoring Student Progress in Middle School

Monitoring Middle School Progress

The most effective grading practices provide accurate, specific, timely feedback designed to improve student performance. Grades are only one of the various types of feedback provided to students in Derby schools. There are many lessons learned on the way to success. It is our goal to provide students in every classroom with opportunities to practice skills and demonstrate understanding through a variety of activities strategically planned by teachers and aligned to the Kansas Career and College Ready Standards (KCCRS). Students will receive a report card each quarter reflecting their academic achievement based on teacher evaluation of performance. The report card is an opportunity for parents and students to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses, and to determine strategies for continued growth.

Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Kansas Career and College Ready Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do. The standards in each content area provide a consistent way for teachers to measure student progress throughout the school year and ensure that students are on the pathway to success in their academic careers. In order to better communicate content specific goals with students and parents, each content area will have standard categories for assignments. The categories are based on the KCCRS. This information will be available on
Parent Access.

Content Categories By Subject Area

English Language Arts:
Reading Informational
Reading Literature
Speaking & Listening

The Number System
Expressions & Equations
Ratios & Proportions
Statistics & Probability
Performance Assessment

Life Science
Physical Science
Earth/Space Science
Engineering & Design
Literacy in Science

Social Studies:
Choices have consequences
Individuals have rights and responsibilities
Societies are shaped by beliefs, ideas, and diversity
Societies experience continuity and change over time
Relationships between people, place, idea, and environments are dynamic
Literacy in Social Studies

Singing and playing
Reading and notating
Listening and analyzing
Music History
Music relationships

Physical Education:
Motor skills and movement
Personal and social skills
Lifelong fitness skills

Media Techniques & Processes
Elements & Principles of Design
Creative Problem Solving
Art History and Culture
Connects to other Disciplines

Digital Studies:
Computer Applications
Ethics and Safety
Research and Communications

Grades 7 and 8 Only
Gateway to Technology (GTT):

Problem Solving/Design Process
Research and Report
Technical Skills
Engineering Project Skills
Careers, Economical, Societal Issues
Ethics and Legal Issues

Foreign Language Experience (FLEX):

Family and Consumer Science (FACS):
Career and Family Connections
Food Production, Nutrition and Wellness
Textiles, Fashion
Consumer Services

Teen Leadership:
Decision making and Problem Solving
Speaking and Listening Skills
Writing Skills

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