Teaching and Learning

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STAFF

Dr. Amy Hunt
Chief Academic Officer  (ahunt@pcschools.us)

Traci Evans
Executive Director, Grants & Professional Development (tevans@pcschools.us)

Martin Briggs
Coordinator, DLI/ELL  (mbriggs@pcschools.us)

Paul Krueger
Specialist, K-12 Science & Math  (pkrueger@pcschools.us)

Cindy Hair
Administrative Assistant for Curriculum and Instruction (chair@pcschools.us)


Standards-Based Learning

ArtworkAs Park City School District transforms schools to meet the needs of the future, it is critical we examine the ways we prepare and engage students. Assessments and grades are two ways we provide feedback on student performance. We believe grades should reflect the proficiency of a student in relation to a specific standard. ”Standards-based learning” is a method of providing feedback that is purely academic in nature and a more accurate reflection of what the student actually knows and can do. The guide below provides parents the rationale to why we are transitioning to standards-based learning in Park City School District.

 

Parent’s Guide to Standards Based Learning

Guia de clarificación dirigida a los padres Estándares en Base al Aprendizaje

What is standards based learning

Why Standards Based Learning

Standards Based Learning Resources

Standards based learning resources and research

standards based grading isn't about earning a grade, it's about learning a grade.

Quote about standard based learning and ensuring student success in the future

Standard Based Learning: Creating A Learning Culture

SBL

Standards-Based Learning Resources

What You Need to Know About Standards-Based Learning

PCSD Standards-Based Learning Scale

PCSD’s Key Concepts of Standards-Based Learning

The Facts about Standards-Based Learning, Guest Editorial in 3/7/19 Park Record by PCSD Administration

District Moving Forward to Prepare Future Ready Students, District Newsroom NEW

Standards-Based Learning Research

Harvard’s statement on Accepting Proficiency Based Transcripts NEW

Why It’s Critical — and Really Hard — to Talk About More Equitable Grading, Joe Feldman, MindShift NEW

MIT’s statement on Accepting Proficiency Based Transcripts NEW

Tufts University’s statement on Accepting Proficiency Based Transcripts NEW

Equity in Grading, Dr. Matt Townsley’s Park City School District Presentation NEW

Do Your Grading Practices Undermine Equity Initiatives?,  Joe Feldman NEW

What is Standards-Based Grading? Otus.com

Does standards-based grading provide an accurate picture, Globe Gazette NEW

A New Take on on Traditional Grading System (Rowland Hall) National Association of Independent Schools NEW

The Case Against Percentage Grades, by Thomas R. Gustkey, Education Leadership NEW

Standards-Based Grading & College/University Admissions, Matt Townsley NEW

Everything You Need to Know About Standards-Based Grading, by Naomi Shak, Edulastic.com

For college admissions, let’s value grit over GPAs, The Washington Post

Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading by Patricia L. Scriffiny

A New Model of Student Assessment for the 21st Century American Youth Policy Forum

Grading to Communicate by Tony Winger

What is the Difference between Standards-Based Grading (or Reporting) and Competency-Based Education? by Matt Townsley

Shifting the Grading Mindset Starts With Our Words, by Starr Sackstein, Education Week Teacher

What Does Research Say about Standards-Based Grading? by Matt Townsley & Tom Buckmiller

Shifting the Grading Mindset Starts with Our Words, by Starr Sackstein, Education Week Teacher

Best Practices for Standards-Based Grading, Hanover Research

Online Courses

Park City School District now offers online courses through Utah Students Connect. Click here for more information.

The Utah State Office of Education also offers online courses. Click here for more information.

Utah Core Update

Utah Core StandardsTeachers and administrators in Park City School District are actively working to effectively implement the new Utah Core Standards in mathematics and language arts K-12.

Middle grades teachers (6-9) have been working since 2011 to develop the teaching strategies and learning activities that would meet the rigor and depth of learning with the Core. Student achievement has demonstrated that teaching fewer concepts at a deeper level is deepening student understanding.

Secondary Language arts teachers have been working the last three years to develop critical thinking and the new writing requirements of the Core. This year, they will be joined by science and social studies teachers to develop cross-curricular activities.

The district has adopted new programs for mathematics in grades K-6. My Math (K-5) and Math Connects were selected after a yearlong curriculum review conducted by teachers, administrators, and parents, under the direction of John Hall, assistant principal of Ecker Hill Middle School. Additional information will be provided to parents along with access to online resources.

This year, the new end of year state assessments in math, language arts and science will be implemented. We anticipate having access to sample questions that teachers can use as classroom assessments in October. Upon their release by the State Office of Education, the district will organize several parent information nights to provide additional information.

For more information regarding the Core Standards:

Student Resources

  • Resource logoPioneer
    • Pioneer is Utah’s online library featuring general reference information, links to Utah specific resources, and connections to additional library information. If students are logging in from outside of the school, they will need to ask their librarian for the password.
  • Surweb
    • Surweb is the State of Utah Resource Web. It provides resources including collections of images, online media shows, testing, and learning segments.
  • UEN
    • State Funded Utah Education Network

Career and College Planning

  • The Career Key: Choosing a Career
    • Intended for the use by career planners ranging in age from middle school to adult.
  • College Board
    • This site serves as one of the major gatekeepers, so it’s important to know what this website has to say.
  • FastWeb
    • FastWeb focuses on college scholarship information and college/applicant matching.
  • O*Net Career Exploration Tools
    • The nation’s primary source of occupational information.
  • Peterson’s
    • One of the premier sources of information about postsecondary education.
  • SparkNotes
    • SparkNotes is the internet generation’s answer to Cliff’s Notes.
  • Vocational Information Center
    • An amazing amount of career, vocational, and technical information.

Special Needs/Special Education