Dear School Community,
Kingsway Regional School District values all learners, and the learning process itself, as we continue our commitment to excellence. To this point, we acknowledge that not all learners learn the same way, at the same pace, and at the same moment in time. Therefore, we believe that students should understand and take ownership of their learning by reflecting on errors and by taking steps to further engage in the learning process with the aim of demonstrated improvement.
Since the 2012-2013 school year, various teachers at Kingsway Regional School District began to implement reassessment/redo practices within their classroom to support their students’ learning. As a district, we took the time to delve further into the conversation regarding reassessment practices, together with a number of stakeholders, to establish a consistent district-wide practice that met our established goals and streamlined the communication of the practice to students.
As a result of our work, Kingsway Regional School District will implement a uniformed reassessment practice in grades 7-12 that supports the goals noted below.
- Goal #1: To improve understanding of material and, hence, increase confidence as students progress
- Goal #2: To assist students with understanding that mistakes can be an opportunity for growth
- Goal #3: To build upon study skills and accountability for one’s own learning
Ultimately, we wish to afford all students the opportunity to reassess so as to demonstrate strong proficiency on grade-level standards so they may successfully progress with confidence. We define our grading as the following:
- A (100-92) demonstrates mastery of content & skills and is ready to move forward
- B (91-83) demonstrates strong proficiency on content & skills and is ready to move forward
- C (82-74) demonstrates proficiency on concepts & skills but would benefit from continued reflection & learning on needed/identified areas to move forward with confidence
- D (73-65) demonstrates below proficiency on concepts & skills and should engage in reflection & additional learning on needed/identified areas to close gaps and move forward with confidence
- F (below a 65) demonstrates a lack of proficiency on concepts & skills and should engage in reflection & additional learning on needed/identified areas to close gaps and move forward with confidence
Kingsway’s established Reassessment Practice is outlined below and is implemented in each of our courses at the middle school and high school. Additionally, some frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be accessed to the right of this website.
As always, thank you for your support as we work together to provide a meaningful and valuable experience for our students.
Chief Academic Officer
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Additional Information & Resources
- Fair Isn’t Always Equal by Rick Wormelli (2006)
- Wormelli Video series
- Redos and Retakes Done Right
- ACCOUNTABILITY: TEACHING THROUGH ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK, NOT GRADING
- It Might Be Time to Reconsider Your School’s Retake Policy
- Reassessments and Retakes: A Necessary Part of a School-Wide Grading Policy
- The Case for Retakes and How to Manage Them
- When Students “Fail” Should They be Allowed Do-overs?
- Why It's Crucial -- And Really Hard -- To Talk About More Equitable Grading
- How Teachers Are Changing Grading Practices With an Eye on Equity
- Brené Brown Encourages Educators to Normalize the Discomfort of Learning and Reframe Failure as Learning (2016)