Dear Parents & Guardians,
Today I wish to provide you with an update regarding our new system Pearson PowerSchool and a technical error we discovered earlier this week.
At the beginning of the year, each teacher incorporated his/her grading framework in the system by identifying corresponding “weights” for each type of assessment, i.e. tests, quizzes, classwork, homework, projects, etc. On Wednesday we learned of a discrepancy by which the weighting, though applied to the entire year, was not incorporated within the first quarter. This has since been resolved and the proper weighting verified for each class.
Although the individual grades earned by students on tests and quizzes remain unchanged, the adjustment in the process of calculating grades has yielded a higher or lower quarterly grade for some. While this change has resulted in only a minor variance for most students, particularly those in the middle school, some more significant variances exist in grades 3-5.
To ensure that you have correct information regarding your child’s current performance, all teachers in grades 3-8 will issue progress reports on Monday, two weeks prior to the close of the quarter. After reviewing, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
I apologize for this error and any subsequent confusion regarding your child’s progress. Again, while the majority of students are only marginally impacted, I thought it best to bring this to your attention today and to let you know of the steps we are taking to uphold the integrity of our grading system.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
David E. Conroy, Jr.