Just one look at the new so called "grading system" they brought in this year proves this point with the public schools - there are no more As and Bs or Ds. They are focused on making the school a safe place for underachievers and criminals alike.
Is it better to be “extending” at two-digit multiplication or “proficient” at it? How about “developing” versus “emerging?” According to the British Columbia Education Ministry’s new proficiency scale, the proper order of skill development is emerging, developing, proficient and extending.
This is the kind of gobbledygook parents can look forward to seeing on their kids’ report cards this fall because the province has mandated (beginning next school year) that students in Grades 8 and 9 will no longer receive letter grades or percentages on their report cards. Instead, teachers must use the government’s new proficiency scale.
According to the ministry’s new K-12 Reporting Policy Framework, these terms describe the level of “understanding of the concepts and competencies relevant to the expected learning.” An “emerging” student has an “initial” understanding, a “developing” student has a “partial” understanding, a proficient student has a “complete” understanding and an “extending” student has a “sophisticated” understanding.
To make things even more confusing, some words on this scale have more than one possible meaning. For example, the “emerging” descriptor can include “both students at the beginning stages of grade level expectations, as well as those before grade level expectations.” In other words, students who are “emerging” in a skill area might be failing the course, or they might not. It’s all a matter of interpretation.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 10 June 2023 - 07:31 AM.