## Reflection: Grade Book and Data Analysis Natural Selection: Problem Solving - Section 5: Understand and Describe the Problem

In the Pless Lab, students are assessed on their understanding of the Colorado State Standards taught during that trimester as well as their growth in understanding.  This means that grades will be calculated very differently from a typical middle school classroom.  I will collect student data on several categories; standards-practice, standards-assessment, classroom behaviors, and skill growth.   Students will have chances to practice the standards through guided, collaborative, and independent work.    On assessments, students will show understanding of concepts and standards through a series of  "checks."  Students will have multiple chances and ways to succeed at each check.  I will take weekly data on classroom behaviors for parents to use in reflection conversations with students. However, it will not be a part of the student grade.  Along the way, I will be assessing and guiding students to grow in their reading, writing, numeracy and critical thinking skill.

Below is a table that shows what each individual score means.  Students can meet with me after school for more instruction to help their understanding as well as take practice work home.

Each piece of work is graded out of 4 points.  The grading scaled used to calculate the letter grade is below, however, since letter grade is always an inaccurate measure of understanding, parents and students should seek assistance in understanding the grade.  Students will also be self-assessing themselves through the units and using their perceptions to set and meet new goals.

# Natural Selection: Problem Solving

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## Big Idea: infograms make learning complicated steps easier!

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### Andrea Pless

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