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Overview of Standards-Based Learning Program Discussed at ECSD School Board Meeting

By Joseph Schany - | Oct 27, 2020

by Joseph Schany

The Emmetsburg Community School District (ECSD) Board of Education met in regular session on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the Emmetsburg High School Library.

During the meeting, Kelly Josephson and Jill Schany, English Department staff and members of the Standards-Based Learning (SBL)/Standards-Based Grading (SBG) Committee, provided an overview of the SBG/SBL program, now in its fourth year at Emmetsburg High School and sixth year at Emmetsburg Middle School.

Standards-based refers to the systems of instruction, assessment, grading, and academic reporting that are based on students demonstrating the understanding or mastery of the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn.

According to Josephson, teachers work with four essential questions in SBG/SBL:

1) What do the students need to know?

2) What do the students already know?

3) What do teachers do if the students don’t know?

4) What do teachers do if the students already know?

“We are looking at our standards and all the different things to help the kids understand what they need to know,” said Josephson to the Board and attendees of Wednesday’s meeting. “We are working on that with our staff, and we are also in the process of coming up with “I Can” statements so that the kids understand what it is they need to know and be able to do.”

Schany said, “We tied all of our assessments to standards. Students are graded on the standards and not on the questions. Our job is to make sure the students know it.”

Read the full article in The Reporter.