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Equitable Grading and Instruction

We believe all students can learn and have the right to the conditions that support their learning.
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Equitable Grading and Instruction (Formerly Mastery Learning and Grading) is a growth-mindset approach to K-12 teaching and learning, based on the expectation that everyone can learn when provided with the right conditions and support. It offers all students and teachers an alternative to traditional instruction and grading. By refocusing classroom grading, assessment, instruction, and lesson planning on clear learning targets, and by implementing research-based systems honoring individual variation in learning styles, Equitable Grading and Instruction allows more students to succeed academically and ultimately to take charge of their own learning.
 
Change is a process, not an event!  
 
Implementation of Equitable Grading and Instruction is expected to take 5-6 years.  
As we begin our first year of school-wide implementation, we are taking on 3 entry-level practices.
 
1. Frost Work Habits and Cooperation Rubrics
As a staff, we have written the LAUSD Work Habits and Cooperation rubrics in student-friendly language. We will no longer take points off the academic grade for behaviors that fall under Work Habits and Cooperation.
 
2. Multiple Opportunities for Assessment
Students will be given multiple attempts to show what they know and can do.
 
3. The Case Against the Zero
Teachers will use a more equitable grading range in one of two ways.
          a. the lowest grade on any assignment will be assigned a 50%
          b. any final grade below 55% at the 5, 10, 15, and 20-week marking periods will be changed to a 55%