Standards Based Grading
Executive Education Academy Charter School is currently working through a PLC process in elementary school to transition from traditional grading to standards-based grading. Standards-based report cards provide families with information about student progress toward Pennsylvania State Standards. In addition, it defines the expectations for mastery on grade-specific skills and knowledge. The report card identifies areas of strength and goals to assist teachers and families in supporting students. The purpose of standards-based grading is to raise student achievement by clearly communicating a student’s progress toward learning outcomes in a timely, fair, accurate, and specific manner.
For more information about standards-based grading or the development process please contact our Chief Academic Officer, Tiffany O’Brien.
Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)
Pennsylvania System of School Assessment is a standards-based, criterion-referenced assessment which provides students, parents, educators, and citizens with an understanding of student and school performance related to the attainment of proficiency of the academic standards. These standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and Technology identify what a student should know and be able to do at varying grade levels.
Every Pennsylvania student in grades 3 through 8 is assessed in English Language Arts and Math. Every Pennsylvania student in grades 4 and 8 is assessed in science.
Results can be used to assist teachers in identifying students who may be in need of additional educational opportunities and provide information to schools and districts for curriculum and instruction improvement discussions and planning.
Schoolwide Title 1
Pennsylvania Keystone Assessments
The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency. Students at the high school level currently are required to take Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystones. These assessments are not graduation requirements at this time.