Yes, assessments and performance feedback will be provided for students in grades JK-12 through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Active class participation and regular in-class assignments and homework will carry heightened significance throughout distance learning. Formal grading will continue for students in Grades 6-12, with Lower School students receiving frequent written feedback, both formally and informally, on work submitted through a digital student portfolio. Lower School faculty will not be using letter grades to assess student work during the fourth quarter, as we feel those grades may not accurately reflect the boys’ learning during this altered time.
Our faculty recognize the unique and challenging nature of this moment and the sudden shift to distance learning, and they will bear those circumstances in mind when assessing student performance this spring. We want to challenge our boys, hold them accountable for their effort and performance in the weeks to come, but we will do so with the grace and compassion that the present situation warrants. Additional, division-specific information on assessments and grading will be provided in the days to come.
There will be end-of-year, summative assessments as planned in both the Middle and Upper Schools, but they will not be considered “exams,” will not carry the same graded weight as originally planned, and will not be as comprehensive or lengthy as originally planned. Still, we intend to dedicate time at the end of the school year to conduct, via distance learning, assessments of the boys’ overall progress to date.