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    The Mission of Northfield Middle & High School is...

    To provide an academically rigorous, safe, and healthy learning community that fosters the intellectual integrity, strength of character, respect, and accountability required of capable, contributing citizens of a global society.

  • November 5, 2018

    Greetings parents and guardians,

    Just a reminder that we are now in the 2nd Quarter of the school year, the 1st Quarter ended on October 26 and the term ending grades were posted on November 2.  With that being said, you may be asking “what does that mean?”  Well, it means that term grades are visible through the Tyler 360 Parent Portal.  We are not printing physical copies of “Report Cards” this quarter.  As you have probably heard, students in grades 6-10 are being assessed in a Proficiency Based Learning system.  The result of that is an 11 page report card.  We are trying to condense that and hope to have a much shorter version for the 2nd Quarter report.  If you are unable to access scores through the portal, please contact us here at the school and we can print off copies for you.

    Let me explain how to access the term ending grades for the 1st Quarter.  Once you have logged in to the Tyler 360 Parent Portal, please select the Grades Tile.  If your student is in grades 11-12, the grades for the term should be visible as the “Traditional” grading system is the default setting.  If your student is in grades 6-10, please select the tab that says “Standards-Based” and then select the “+” symbol for a particular class.  You will now see the score for each Performance Indicator that was assessed in that class.  You can view comments for that class by selecting the T1 (in blue text).

    Students are scored based on their progress at meeting identified Performance Indicators for the particular content of the course and also for the Habits of Success for that course.  A student's score on a Performance Indicator for a given marking period is based solely on Summative assessments.  Formative assessments are recorded in the Tyler portal as assignments and are used to inform instruction and gauge individual student progress.

    Please contact the classroom teacher if you have any questions about the course grade and/or proficiency mark.

    Thank you for being an active part of your child's education and we appreciate your patience while we transition to the new Proficiency Based scoring system.

    Grades 11 & 12: 100 point scale

    Grades 6-10: Proficiency Scale

    E - Exemplary

    P - Proficient

    DP - Developmentally Proficient

    A - Approaching

    B - Beginning

    * - Assessed using modified curriculum

     

    Here is a link to more information on Proficiency Based Learning within our site:

    Proficiency Based Learning

     

    October 31, 2018

    Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

    The Vermont Agency of Education has recently released statewide results for the 2017-2018 Smarter Balanced Assessment.  The Smarter Balanced Assessment is a “standards-referenced” test, which means that students are measured against a standard, contrary to “norm-referenced” tests where they are compared to their peers.  With that being said, when an entire state scores very high then the standard was not that lofty of a goal.  The opposite is true as well, if the entire state does poorly, then the standard was set too high.  That is why it is important to look at how we compare as a school to the state average.  We would like to compare favorably with the state, but be mindful of other factors that play into testing.  Those factors are things such as, the time of year, the other competing calendar events, and personal motivation.

    Below you will find the percent of students at NMHS that were Proficient or above compared with those same percentages at the state level.  I am pleased to see that we have bettered the state average in four of the eight data points.  We are only two percentage points below in two other areas.  We know that our work is never done and we will continually strive to improve our instruction and intervention efforts to ensure that our students’ skills meet their fullest potential. 

    The Agency of Education (AOE) has an interactive report generator on their website where you can find the data below or search other area schools, look at scores by certain demographics, and look at results over time (where applicable).  The Vermont Agency of Education website can be accessed at the following web address:  http://education.vermont.gov/data-and-reporting/educational-performance

     

    NMHS English

    Vermont English

    NMHS Math

    Vermont Math

    Grade 5

    50%

    55%

     16%

     43%

    Grade 6

    36%

    53%

    13%

    38%

    Grade 7

    56%

    57%

    37%

    43%

    Grade 8

    52%

    57%

    31%

    41%

    Grade 9

    64%

    55%

    41%

    36%


    The accompanying sheets have your student’s individual scores for Mathematics and English Language Arts.  The Individual Student Report will provide you with their Scaled Score as well as Overall Performance, Levels 3 and 4 indicate meeting or exceeding state standard and being deemed Proficient.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us here at the school.

    Respectfully,

    Ryan Parkman

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