A Message from Superintendent of SchoolsGrading and Reporting the EC Way has been years in the making and is the result of countless hours of research, trial and error, collaboration, and revision. ECISD faculty have worked diligently to design a grading system that is informed by the best thinking of teachers, students, parents, principals as well as many of the top researchers and “experts” in education. Grading and Reporting the EC Way is an important undertaking that we strongly believe will be advantageous for teachers, parents and, most of all, our students. Specifically, this grading system has been designed to support continuous learning and growth for every student. Our aim has been to create a system of grading and reporting that aligns with district curriculum standards and accurately represents a student’s progress towards mastering them. Grading the EC Way is meant to be a user-friendly system that clearly conveys what is being taught and how well it is being learned. Our ultimate goal is to improve the quality of communication between a teacher, student, and their parents while advancing teaching and learning.
Additionally, this system includes a grading and reporting component for behavior. Like academic content, desirable behavior will be explicitly taught, graded, and reported. Behavioral skills will be categorized under the standards of safe, respectful, and responsible and will be reported separate from academic progress. Our intent is for every student to be challenged, encouraged, and motivated to persistently work to master academic skills and content while, at the same time, developing the strength of character that reflects the values of the East Central community. We believe that an academically capable student, who also demonstrates sound judgment, reliability, and a relentless work ethic, will have more options available to them in their future than those who do not.
Although our secondary campuses are applying the same grading and reporting guidelines, a standards-based system for these grade levels is still under review with the goal of implementation in the 20162017 school year.
As always, it is an honor to serve the children and families of the East Central community and I look forward to your feedback. Thanks to each of you for your ongoing support and continued partnership in the education of our children!
Sincerely, Roland Toscano