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Cub Pride Article - October 21, 2016, by Jonathan Apostol, Ed. D, Prinicipal:

     For the first time at Monett Middle School, teachers, students, and parents experienced proficiency scales.  Proficiency scales are a way to report student progress solely based on content mastery, not on points earned on assignments and tests. The proficiency scale was introduced to students and parents at the beginning of the school year; the teachers have used the scale to help students understand the “target” and provided opportunities for students to demonstrate their mastery. The proficiency scale for academic standards is described below:
4.0 In addition to a 3.0, the student has shown in-depth inferences and applications beyond what was taught.
3.0 The student has achieved the grade/course level expectation. The student exhibits no major errors or omissions.
2.0 There are no major errors or omissions regarding the simpler details and processes; however, the student exhibits major errors or omissions regarding the more complex ideas and processes.
1.0 With help, the student demonstrates a partial understanding of some of the simpler details and processes and some of the more complex ideas and processes.
0.0 Even with help, the student demonstrates no understanding of skills.
     Monett Middle School also introduced behavior standards in the areas of Responsible, Respectful, Social, and Learner.  Some examples in each area are the following: Responsible -  turning in assignments on time; Respectful - respectful to self and others in class; Social - collaborating appropriately during group learning; and Learner - participating appropriately in class activities. The Learner Behavior Standards are described below:
4.0 Consistently exceeds behavior expectations
3.0 Consistently meets behavior expectations
2.0 Occasionally meets behavior expectations
1.0 Rarely meets behavior expectations
     Students received feedback on their standards at the 3-week, 5-week, 7-week, and end-of-quarter progress report.  If a student earned less than a 2.0 on either his/her academic or learner behavior standards, his/her homeroom teacher counseled the student on a plan of action to improve the behavior and/or academic standard scores.  Students needed to advocate for themselves to work with their teacher to either re-assess on a specific standard or to improve their learner behaviors.
     Next week Monett Middle School will host student-led, parent-teacher conferences.  Students will be sharing with parents/guardians an area of strength in their classes, an area that they would like to improve, and a goal that the student would like to achieve. Conversations will be led by the student and be based on the standards that the student has experienced since the beginning of the first quarter.

     As we progress throughout this school year, our staff will continue to improve on the introduction of proficiency scales, to utilize the scale to design their lessons, and to align the assessments based on the scale.  If you have any questions throughout this transition, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I would be happy to assist you!

Grade Levels: 7th and 8th.

Principal: Jonathan A.C. Apostol Ed.D
Dean of Students: Michael Calhoun
Counselor: Sheila Gravett
Administrative Assistant:
Ana Espinoza
Attendance Secretary:
Margaret Ash

710 9th Street
Monett, MO    65708
Phone: 417.235.6228
Fax:      417.235.3278
Office Hours:  7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Instructional Day:  8:00 am - 3:10 pm.

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Cub Pride - March 18, 2016.

Throughout this school year, our middle school staff has learned about proficiency scales and what it might look like in our building. Each of our professional development days has been utilized to learn more about the steps in establishing essential learning outcomes (the standards that are so important that all students must master before moving to the next grade level), creating the proficiency scale (rubrics that shares the expectations of what is considered grade level and what is not), and crafting a learner behavior rubric (a proficiency scale that communicates the behavior expectations that would be communicated separately from the academic expectations). In essence, proficiency scales at the middle school will help communicate more to students and parents than a single letter grade. Scales help share where the students’ strengths and weaknesses are when compared to the standard they are being assessed.
While some may see this as a major transition in education and are unsure of what this looks like for their student, there are aspects where we experience it in everyday life. Here are a couple of examples:
  • Our vehicles have a check engine light that tells us when something is wrong with the engine. However, it doesn’t tell us specifically what is wrong. When we go to the dealership, we expect the technician to give us more specific feedback. There could be a variety of reasons why the light comes on - transmission, spark plugs, oxygen sensors, timing belt, etc. Fortunately, technicians have an OBD - onboard diagnostic tool -  that can plug into the vehicle and run a series of scans to determine what is wrong with the engine.
  • Many healthcare professionals will draw blood during an annual health and wellness check. They do this to run a series of tests. Those tests check blood sugar levels, good cholesterol, bad cholesterol, white blood count, red blood count…the list goes on. Most of these counts will fall within a certain range.  However, when the levels or counts are above or below expected levels, it helps the professional determine what the next step are to improve the person’s health.
  • Annual personnel evaluations involve the employer reviewing specific aspects of an employee’s performance. Some of the areas may include job knowledge, productivity, quality of work, initiative, flexibility, attendance, working relationships, and human relations skills. This specific feedback that employers provide their employees help celebrate their strengths while providing suggestions to improve their weaknesses.
In each of those situations, we would not accept an overall letter grade from the automotive technician, health care professional, or supervisor. We expect those experts to provide us specific feedback to help better our health, to help improve our job performance, and to help get our cars running. This is where the power of proficiency scales can be a benefit for teachers, students, and parents. For teachers, the scales separate academics from behavior and have honed student performance against a standard. It helps provide immediate intervention for students when they struggle on a specific standard. For students, the scales will provide specific feedback regarding where they are in their learning. This allows for students to set goals towards grade-level proficiency and to celebrate once they reach it. For parents, the scales help provide information on what type of support their student needs. If they are struggling in a couple concepts in math but are strong in the others, then parents have specific information they can work with them at home.
Proficiency scales can provide more detailed information regarding our students academic and behavioral performance. Specific feedback exists in our everyday lives beyond school - with our cars, our health, and our job. Why wouldn’t we want it for our own students in school?


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