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100 Walker Avenue
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: (541) 482-1611
Fax: (541) 482-8112
Contact: Karin Pasche
Email: 
Hours: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Principal's Newsletter

Dear Families,
 
As you learned during conferences this week, Ashland Middle School continues to move forward with Standards-Based Proficiency Reporting, a system thatís designed to provide more information on a studentís learning of specific course concepts or skills Ė or what we call Essential Learnings.
 
Overall, the parent response to these reports has been very positive.  Understandably, many parents asked for more information as well as more frequent reporting throughout the year.  This year, we will send home these report three times, once at the end of each trimester.  However, you donít have to wait until the end of the trimester to view these reports!  You can access and view your studentís current progress on any of their Essential Learnings through PowerSchool, by clicking on the Standards Grades tab to the right of the Quick Lookup tab in your studentís account.
 
Below, are answers to the top three Frequently Asked Questions about this work:
 
What is a Standards-Based Proficiency Report? 
A Standards-Based Proficiency Report reflects what a student knows or can do, and at what level of proficiency.   Ashland Middle School Standards-Based Proficiency Reports include proficiency levels on Essential Learnings and Supportive Learnings.   
 
How is a letter grade different from a Standards-Based Proficiency Report score? 
letter grade represents the overall percentage of points earned during the course of a trimester on assignments and includes points for attendance, attitude, behavior, completion of practice work and homework, student skills, personal management, participation, and/or citizenship.  A Standards-Based Proficiency Report score reflects purely what a student knows or can do. 
 
How will Standards-Based Proficiency Reporting help my student? 
Standards-Based Proficiency Reports, along with content standards and well-written rubrics: help focus students and teachers on the most important skills and knowledge; better communicate to students and parents how students can succeed on assignments; and inform students, teachers, and parents about adjustments that can be made to improve student learning.

Thank you for your interest in this work.

Sincerely, 

Steve Retzlaff                                                                                  Katherine Holden
Principal                                                                                           Assistant Principal
 
 




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