Wednesday, 21 August 2013 12:39

Headlines Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

Around Canyons
Mom pushes for epipens in every school; Canyons nurse shares lifesaving story

Back-to-school balancing act: Canyons' chief counselor offers advice to parents

Girls Soccer: Brighton trounces Viewmont

Granger High shows off new building

Alpine installs bus cameras to prevent bullying

Trib Talk: Experts call for later school start times for teens

St. George police looking for suspicious men, say schoolchildren not in danger

ACT: Most students not prepared for college

Gunman in custody after firing at Georgia Elementary; no one injured

Poll: Most Americans unaware of Common Core

Trib: Back to school: parents play key role in education success

Letter: Unions not standing up for teachers

pdfI-CANyons Reporte de Calificaciones PF (Preguntas Frecuentes)

1. Why are elementary schools changing their grading and reporting methods?
A critical part of a child's education is determining and communicating to parents whether he or she has mastered concepts taught in class. Yet over time, the grading tools used by schools to determine and communicate student mastery have become imprecise, and frequently include factors outside of academics, including behavior and penalties for late work. As a result, it's become difficult for parents and students to ascertain whether students have in fact mastered the concepts taught. For these reasons, parents, teachers and principals have sought more consistent grading practices and a report card that clearly communicates what students have learned so that they can be successful at the next level.
2. What is the purpose of the report card?
The report card will more clearly communicate student academic achievements, learning skills, and growth over time. It will inform students, parents and guardians about how well students have learned the content and give parents and teachers the tools to better help children succeed.

This report card is designed to communicate:
• Mastery of academic standards in language arts and math,
• Learning skills that support academic success; and
• Growth over time on grade-level benchmarks in language arts and math.
3. What is Standards-Based Grading?
Standards-Based Grading tells parents how well students understand the state academic standards. It measures students' mastery of well-defined course objectives.
4. How does Standards-Based Grading work?
Traditional grading averages all of the work a student has completed in a semester, as well as other subjective factors such as behavior. Standards-Based Grading does not include non-academic factors. It solely focuses on proficiency. Standards-Based Grading considers a student's overall work, as well as his or her most recent work, to more accurately communicate what a student has learned in a semester.
5. Will Standards-Based Grading improve student learning?
Research tells us that Standards-Based Grading helps better identify where children need help so that teachers and parents can improve student learning. It also says that when student failures decrease, student behavior improves, faculty morale is better, and fewer resources have to be spent on remediation.
6. How does Standard-Based reporting differ from traditional letter grades?
The new Standards-Based Grading system will consist of two different reporting areas. The Academic Standards report communicates what standards students have mastered. The Learning Skills report assesses work habits such as cooperation and completing tasks on time.

Standards-based reports tell us what students actually have learned and know. Standards-Based Grading measures students' knowledge of grade-level content over time by reporting the most recent, consistent level of performance.

For example, in traditional grading, the student's performance for the whole quarter would be averaged. This would mean that low, early quiz scores would be averaged with higher scores achieved later in the course, and result in a lower grade. In Standards-Based Grading, a student who reaches mastery would be reported as having mastered the content –- which is the goal of the instruction -- and the grade would reflect his or her current performance level.
In addition, traditional grading often includes other subjective factors like attendance, effort, and attitude, which might influence the grade positively or negatively. In Standards-Based Grading, student mastery and work habits are reported separately in order to give a more accurate report of student progress.
7. How many academic indicators will the report card have?
The I-CANyons report card will have two indicators to report a student's understanding of the content: Mastered, and Not Yet Mastered. Asterisks will be used to let parents know that a skill is not yet ready to be assessed.
8. What is Mastery?
Mastery of the standards is achieved when students demonstrate that they can apply what they've learned consistently over time to support future learning. Mastery can be achieved at any point during the school year. Focusing on students' mastery of grade level standards guarantees all students are provided with a rigorous curriculum. It also ensures that all students are held to high expectations.
9. Why use Mastered and Not Yet Mastered?
Mastered and Not Yet Mastered are clear terms and take the guesswork out of grading. This does not represent "pass or fail" but instead explicitly communicates whether the child has met the year-end standard, or is still working toward mastering the standard.
10. What criteria do teachers use in assigning mastery grades?
Students will demonstrate their skills and understanding through class assessments, assignments and projects, and other measures. Mastery needs to mean the same in every classroom; therefore a guideline has been set. In order to show mastery, a student can demonstrate a standard 80% of the time consistently.
11. When is mastery expected to be reached?
Mastery of the standards is achieved when students demonstrate that they can apply acquired knowledge and skills consistently over time to support future learning. Mastery can be achieved at any point during the school year. We expect students to achieve mastery of the content by the end of the school year.
12. Are all the Utah Core Standards represented on the report card?
No. The report card communicates mastery of English language arts and math. This is because they are the foundational skills students must master in order to be successful in other content areas.
13. Why does the Report Card only focus on English Language Arts and Math?
First, the standards in English language arts and math are prioritized foundational skills that if not mastered will impact a student's success in all other content areas. Second, the English Language Arts and Math standards reflect an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum. For example, they teach students to understand complex text, consolidate information, evaluate information, conduct original research to solve complex problems, and analyze information, solutions and results. The English Language Arts standards emphasize the integration of social studies, science, and technical subjects.
14. "Will students still learn social studies, science, art and other content areas?"
Absolutely. Social studies, science, arts, P.E., and other content areas are critical to a child's education and future success. These content areas are part of the Utah Core Curriculum. Instruction in these content areas will not change, and these subjects will continue to be taught in every classroom.
15. Who has been involved in creating this report card?
In the spring of 2010, a committee of principals, achievement coaches, teachers and representatives from other departments was established. Every school in the District was represented on the committee. Over the course of two years, the committee met to research and create a Standards-Based report card. Last school year, 92 classroom teachers from six schools piloted the report card over two grading periods. These teachers presented the I-CANyons Report card to the Board of Education, which in spring 2013 approved the report card for district wide implementation in the 2013-2014 school year.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:47

Headlines Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013

Around Canyons
Canyons District welcomes 33,000 students back to school

Altara Elementary rolls out red carpet for students on first day of school

First day of school: Corner Canyon High School welcomes 1,900 students - many from charter and private schools

East Sandy principal, school nurse offer tips to help kids beat the back-to-school heat

Football: With Jordan, Alta, Brighton, and now Bingham, Region 3 among state's toughest

Kids in need get supplies for school

Utah No. 2 for low student loan debt

Tutoring firms hit hard  by NCLB waivers

GOP delivers on actrivist education agenda in N.C.

Test score plunge fuels Common Core debate

Career Ed to pay $10 million fine to settle placement rates probe,0,6545631.story

WaPo: Free speech for students

Lois Collins: Schools and families can do more to fight bullying

Monday, 19 August 2013 20:33

Win a Bike

Students, have you always wanted to win something, but never have? Well your luck is about to change. This school year we are doing a contest for the student who eats the most days at school will win a bike! Yes a bike! The more times you eat school lunch the better chance you have to win. For additional information contact our office at 801-826-5464. Good luck, and happy eating!

Beginning in the fall of 2013, all Canyons elementary schools will use a new I-CANyons Standards-Based Report Card. The report card, crafted by Canyons
educators over two years' time and used in 92 classrooms in six schools in 2012-2013
, will give parents specific information about their child's understanding of the content. It also will give teachers and parents new tools to help students succeed.

The report card will contain separate reports of the following:
  • A child's mastery of academic standards in language arts and math;
  • A child's learning skills that support academic success; and
  • A child's growth over time on grade-level benchmarks in language arts and math.
In the past, student grades have included subjective factors like attendance, effort, and attitude. In the I-CANyons Standards-Based Report Card, student mastery and work habits are reported separately in order to give a more accurate report of student progress. Grades also will reflect a student's current understanding of the content, and not average lower scores that may have been earned in the beginning of the semester. This will give parents a clear understanding of what students have learned as a result of their experience in school. It also will give parents and teachers the tools to identify precisely where a child needs help.

Details about the I-CANyons Standards-Based Report Card can be found in the modules on this page. Should you have additional questions, please contact your child's teacher or school's office.

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Monday, 19 August 2013 11:17

Headlines Monday, Aug. 19, 2013

Around Canyons
Canyons announces SALTA testing

Football: Corner Canyon stockpiles talent

KJZZ to air prep football games; Bingham, Alta rivalry on Oct. 24

Football: Six state titles up for grabs (Hillcrest coach quoted)

Football: DNews previews Bengals season

Are Utah colleges and universities fulfilling their mission?

Tennis camp shows students with disabilities they're not alone

U. prof's final odyssey to the great beyond

Poll: Parents back high-stakes testing

Revised school disciplinary approach encourages counseling, protects special needs students

Master's Degree new frontier of online study

In Florida, veterans may receive college credit for service

Cepeda: Ring school bell year round

Margetts: No mandate, no public schools

Educating Ourselves: When should teachers lose their licenses?

Letter: Education not aid

Letter: Not parents v. state

Forbes contributor: Common Core too 'hard core'?

Friday, 16 August 2013 17:10

Headlines Friday, Aug. 16, 2013

Around Canyons
Live on 2News: Indian Hills principal offers tips to alleviate the middle school jitters

Where do the top performing high school kids go to college? BYU, for one

Soda-drinking 5-year-olds more aggressive, study finds

Decoding Shakespeare: Utah Festival teaches the teachers

First Shoshone language video game created at U.

A strong sense of community was a theme at the ceremonial opening of the new Butler Middle School in Cottonwood Heights on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. A crowd of more than 400 students, parents, teachers and patrons in Canyons District gathered to celebrate Butler’s completion and participate in a ribbon-cutting event.

“In my years of experience, I’ve learned a few lessons about how a school can become the heart of a community,” Butler Middle Principal Paula Logan told the crowd, which included such dignitaries as Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, Rep. Steve Eliason and Sen. Brian Shiozawa. “As American philosopher John Dewey once said, ‘What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all its children.’ ”
Less than a year ago, a damp day washed out Draper Park Middle School’s groundbreaking plans, but not a rain cloud was in sight Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, as parents, teachers, students and patrons gathered in the evening sun to celebrate the new school’s completion.

Members of the Canyons District Board of Education, Draper City Council, Unified Fire Authority, Draper Mayor Darrell Smith, Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper, and other local leaders attended the ribbon-cutting event to show their support of the first public middle school built in Draper.

The school itself was built in an astonishing 11 months, but residents in the area have been waiting decades for a middle school, Canyons District Board of Education President Sherril Taylor told the crowd of about 500 people who came to celebrate the historic day.