Lesher Middle School

an IB World School

IB Conference of the Americas Resources – Chicago – July 24, 2015


Dear IB Colleagues,

Thank you for attending our MYP Assessment, Grading, and Reporting breakout session at the 2015 IB Conference of the Americas. Below is the outline from our presentation with Lesher artifacts for each of the 3 topics we discussed. Hopefully you found our presentation and these resources helpful.

Living the dream,

The Lesher Middle School Faculty and Staff

IB ARC Breakout Session – Chicago – 11:15am – 12:30pm, Friday, July 24, 2015
Leading School Transformational Change through MYP Assessing, Grading, and Reporting

STRAND: MYP             ROOM: Superior
Current research in assessment challenges traditional practices in terms of grading, recording and reporting and aligns nicely with MYP criterion‐related assessment. Until schools fully embrace and implement these assessment standards as common and standard practices across the school, full implementation of the MYP is often limited by conflicting traditional grading practices. Learn how two schools with diverse student populations challenged the status quo of traditional grading and implemented MYP criterion‐related assessment as a transformational change process.

Tom Dodd, Principal, Lesher Middle School, Fort Collins, CO, US
Farr Prickett Quinn, Math Teacher, Alice Deal Middle School, Washington, DC, US
Louis Marchesano, Ed. Consultant, Ed‐Lightenment Educational Consulting, Fort Collins, CO, US

Topic 1: Why change from traditional grading to IB criterion-related assessment? What led to the shift, how do you guide the change process, i.e. recommendations for schools considering changing the way they assess and report performance?
Lesher artifacts to share:

1)      10 Questions to Ask Yourself About How Authentically You Assess Students (pdf)

2)      Lesher CAS & IB-based Teaching, Learning, & Reporting Agreements 2014-15 (pdf)

3)      Lesher PD Plan - IB Grading and Self Study Schedule 2014-15 (pdf)

4)      Lesher MYP Grading FAQ 1-12-15 DRAFT (pdf)
Topic 2: What does it mean to really become "criteria-related" in terms of instructional and assessment practices, i.e. how does this impact instruction and assessment, what are some practical examples of criteria-related changes made to classroom instruction and assessment?
Lesher artifacts to share:

1)      MYP Assessment Log 8th Grade English 2014-15 WILMS (pdf)

2)      MYP Warm-Up Rubric 7th Grade Geography ERLANDSON (pdf)

3)     Lesher Room for Growth Re-do Sheet 3-11-13 (pdf)

4)      Here are unit links to sample design folders and rubrics from our technology (computer) teacher Becky Knips. She has 3 units on her new classroom website for the 3 classes she teaches:

♦  Web 2.0 Course - Digital Photography Unit

♦  Game Programming Course - Create Your Own Game Unit

♦  Web Design Course - Create Your Own Business Unit (Muse/Weebly)
Topic 3: How does changing grading and reporting drive implementation of the MYP in a school and district? What should be considered when changing grading practices, i.e. responses from teachers, students, parents, district support, etc.?
Lesher artifacts to share:

1)      Lesher Synergy Gradebook Screen Shot 6th Grade Math Qtr. 4 2014-15 (png)

2)      PSD DRAFT 8th Grade 3-Column IB Sample Grade Report Card 11-14-14 (pdf)

3)      Lesher IB Score to Percentage Grade Conversion Chart 10-20-14 (pdf)

4)      Lesher AtL Report Card Rubric English-Spanish 9-30-14 (pdf)

5)      Lesher AtL 3-Page WH Rubric 8-7-13 (pdf)

6)      Lesher Synergy End of 1st Qtr Report Card Cover Letter 10-17-14 (pdf)

7)      MYP Criterion-related Reporting Parent Letter, Rubrics, and Chart TEMPLATE 10-17-14 (pdf)

8)      MYP Sciences Assessing and Reporting Parent Letter CHITTENDEN 10-17-14 (pdf)

9)      MYP Design Technology Parent Letter KNIPS 10-17-14 (pdf)

Testimonials from Lesher teachers:
“The biggest successes I saw last year were related to using “trending” grades instead of mathematical averages. Students articulated positive, motivated feelings in response to this. I showed them the differences in the two approaches several times and answered questions around them, and I think most students saw the benefit.  I also was able to create an MYP assessment rubric for daily warmups, so after every 4 or 5 class periods of practicing (usually analyzing maps and/or graphs), we would assess. This allowed me to track progress more concretely.” -7th Grade Geography Teacher

“One big challenge for me was in seeing all my grades go up to a level that seemed artificially high. I felt like I had students definitely doing less than “C” work, but no grades lower than a C on the report card. Part of that, I’m sure, comes from the adjustment to a new system, but overall I struggled with the way we translated the rubric scores back to traditional letter grades.” -7th Grade Geography Teacher

Teachers in general struggled with:
How to handle trends with missing assignments (i.e. 7, 0, 7, 0, 7, 7)...
How to handle work not completed/zeros...

Inputting grades into Synergy so parents and students understood them...
How to formatively assess the design cycle...
The performing arts process journal…
Math with criterion B...
Assessing high school credit bearing courses taught in middle school...
Determining current levels of performance for each criterion per subject area (i.e. the cumulative effect of formative and/or summative assessments, or teachers’ professional judgment of what a rubric says and what a student demonstrates)...

Conclusion: Changing how you assess students is difficult, is it worth it? What are our school and district expectations going forward?

Tom Dodd
Lesher Middle School - an IB World School
1400 Stover St., Fort Collins, CO 80524 │ Office 970-472-3803, Fax 970-472-3880
2014 CAMLE School To Watch │2014 USDE Green Ribbon School │2012 MetLife/NASSP Breakthrough School

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