Focus on Knowledge
This is Sue. In Sue's Language Arts class this semester she is learning how to write a research paper. Under the old model, Sue would likely write this paper, turn the assignment in, and receive a grade for how well the paper was written--end of story.
With the ActiveGrade approach, her teacher has defined the goals for writing a research paper which include things like “creating an extended outline,” “writing a cohesive conclusion,” and “citing references.” As Sue works on her paper, her teacher reviews the work in progress and gives feedback to Sue in the different goals areas, recording the results in ActiveGrade. As the project progresses, this allows Sue and her parents to check in and see what research paper writing skills Sue needs to sharpen to show that she has learned how to write a research paper.
By focusing on the knowledge needed to write a research paper, Sue, her teacher, her parents, and her school get an accurate representation of what she has learned in her Language Arts class, not simply how she scored on an assignment.