Grading Practices Task Force Meets Oct. 26

The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Grading Practices Task Force will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in the Media Center at Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave., in West Des Moines. This meeting is open to the public.

Teacher grading papers.

The purpose of this task force is to address the district strategic plan goal area on consistent, effective grading practices in the West Des Moines Community Schools. The task force is charged with researching and identifying effective grading practices and providing specific recommendations to the WDMCS Board of Education for grades K-12 in the district. Additionally, the task force will recommend professional learning needs for staff, communication needs to students and families, and a timeline for implementation.

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 Agenda
5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Review from last meeting
  • Report out on “homework”
  1. Research and professional literature that supports traditional grading practices (points, percentages).
  2. Grading policies from other Iowa schools
  3. Employee evaluations (business)
  • Use data to create a “Purpose of Grading”

WDMCS Grading Practices Task Force – Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 Agenda

WDMCS Grading Practices Task Force – Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Future Meeting Dates
Wed., Nov 30, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan 25, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb 22, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Wed., Mar 29, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Wed., April 26, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Wed., May 31, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.