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Meeting 53: Grading for Equity: Shifting Policies, Practices, and Mindsets in Sanger

Meeting 53 
May 1 - 2, 2024 
Sanger, California

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming meeting in Sanger on May 1-2. The rapid transition to distance learning in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic forced districts to address the immediate implications of traditional grading practices that could have resulted in high failure rates and closed postsecondary pathways for many students. Well into pandemic recovery, many districts have confronted the reality that grades present barriers to opportunity even in normal times. Too often, grades prioritize point accumulation over learning and reflect biases that create a steeper road to success for historically underserved students. The Collaborative’s year-long focus on teaching and learning continues by unpacking a key aspect of the learning environment at the secondary level: the practices through which teachers document student progress and the implications for student engagement, content mastery, and academic progress. We are excited to learn from districts who have made progress in rethinking approaches to grading and to unpack persistent challenges that complicate improvement efforts. We thank Dennis Wiechmann and his team at Sanger Unified School District for welcoming us and offering their work as a foundation for exploring this important set of issues


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