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A new assessment approach

August 5, 2011
The Daily Freeman Journal

To the editor:

School is just around the corner and it is important to dress for success. One of the toughest challenges educators face is the absence of your child in school. Every day students interact with other students during the learning process. Each day there are learning experiences that cannot be made up by homework or extra practice. Teachers are working hard to create a learning environment that can prepare students for the 21st century.

Webster City schools are continuing to create a focus on learning, so your child will see some changes taking place this year in school. Grading practices will be changing putting different values on homework and test scores. Homework or practice will have a new name in our school called formative assessment. Teachers will use formative assessment to differentiate the needs of individual students in class. When material has been learned, summative tests will be assigned. The summative test is to prove if the learning targets have been met. If remediation is needed then the student will have the opportunity to have more practice on the target and retest. The test scores will not be averaged because our focus is on learning the target.

Attendance in school helps to build a routine that can help your child become ready to be a productive citizen. Work habits are important, and school helps to create fundamental skills that can help dress your child for future success.

Matt Manson

Webster City



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