Grade Reporting Policy

Some minor changes to the division’s grade reporting policy, IKFAA, have generated a great deal of media interest.  While we suspect that the interest is the result of the original strikethrough underline version, which some might have interpreted to indicate that we...

Salem City Schools Reporting Student Progress

While grades have not always been part of formal education, they have been part of education in America for the better part of the history of schooling, or at the very least, as long as any of us can remember.   Assigning students grades based on their performance was...

Checking Our Bearings AND Enjoying the View

In 2009, Salem City Schools embarked on an Assessment FOR Learning journey based on research indicating that teachers could accelerate student academic progress and growth by consistently and thoughtfully providing descriptive feedback.  The research further indicated...

Making Assessment and Learning More Authentic

Most everyone agrees that students are more excited and engaged in school when they see meaning and relevance in their work. Great teachers challenge their students to think creatively and critically by sharing context for the learning ­ perhaps a bigger problem, a...