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Tracking Student Progress

How do I know what my student is learning and how they are progressing at Compass?

First, a bit of context. We use two different software programs at Compass in our daily work with students:

Google Classroom

Students use Google classroom for accessing class resources, communicating with their teachers, turning in assignments, and receiving teacher feedback on assignments. Google Classroom is used throughout the school district. All students are given class codes to join their classes at the beginning of every new Intensive and Venture.

Google Classroom is an excellent platform for:

  1. Finding class resources (including assignments, notes, links to additional resources)
  2. Seeing what work has been assigned and when it is due. ALL assignments, even paper-based assignments are put into Google Classroom so students can see all assignments for each class.
  3. Connecting a calendar. All Google Classroom assignments will show up in the student’s Google Calendar. This is an excellent time management benefit!
  4. Getting electronic versions of student assignments. Students are asked to make a copy of the assignment and save it to their own Google Drive, and from there they can answer questions and import pictures and graphics as required for the assignment.
  5. Turning in completed assignments to teachers.
  6. Receiving and seeing teacher feedback (comments, questions, suggestions for improvements) on those assignments.

How can parents access Google Classroom?

Parents do not have their own login to Google Classroom. PLEASE set a specific time and day of each week to look at Google Classroom with your child.

Students should be able to log in to all of their classes using their unique class codes at all times. In each classroom, you will see the assignments that have been submitted, the ones they are currently working on (and the due dates), and most, if not all of the class resources.

  • Looking at Google Classroom without your child by your side may result in more questions than clarity. This is your child’s work and they should be able to explain what they are learning and how they are demonstrating that learning. This is their education and we need to keep encouraging them to own it!
  • Please ask them questions and encourage them to make improvements as suggested by your own ideas and by teacher feedback. YOU CAN SEE TEACHER FEEDBACK and any response that your child has given to that feedback as well. You can see the edits and revisions your child has made to any document.
  • If your child does not know how to complete an assignment or how to make improvements to their work, encourage them to talk to their teacher and then follow up with them the next day to check for improved understanding.
    1. If your child still has questions, please help them write an email to the teacher with specific questions.
    2. Please refrain from emailing teachers directly yourself unless your child is making no progress after several attempts. Remember, struggle is a critical part of learning - swooping in to rescue them or to take charge of getting help from a teacher is not teaching your child to advocate for themselves which is an important and necessary life-long skill.
    3. Ask your child about why they are getting the feedback they are getting - they will know the answer! Encourage them to always try their best and to ASK for help or additional challenges when they need it.

Foundry:

This software has been designed specifically for project-based and competency-based schools like ours. Foundry is the place to look for “big picture” progress of your student on both skills and academics. High school students are working toward graduation and postsecondary readiness, while the middle school students are working toward high school readiness.

About two weeks after the end of each quarter, please sit down with your child to look at progress on Foundry. This is where the big picture view of progress will be found. You and your child should each have your own login to Foundry. If you need help logging in, please contact jason@compassfortcollins.org.

Foundry will show progress toward high school readiness or postsecondary readiness and students will use this visual feedback to make course choices for the next school year.

In what ways is my child receiving feedback on their academic and skills progress in school?

Your child has high quality, professional, fully-engaged, and committed teachers who know and care about your child as a student and as a person. They give them frequent verbal feedback on their strengths and areas for growth in one-on-one conversations throughout the day and over the course of the school year(s).

  • Assignments on paper or electronic documents that are turned in on Google Classroom get feedback on a daily and/or weekly basis. Students are continually encouraged to work to improve their products to show mastery of content standards and skills.
  • Students self-assess halfway through each class on the skills rubric (see middle school rubric and high school rubric ). This self-assessment may take place on a paper rubric or on a digital document in Google Classroom. At the end of the course (3 and 6-week sessions for Intensives, 8-week sessions for Venture, and each semester (16-weeks for Advisory), teachers assess students on Compass Competencies using the same rubric and this will be documented in Foundry.
  • Your child’s progress is logged in Foundry at the end of each course. 
    • Academics are marked either Exemplary Understanding, Basic Understanding, Not Yet, or Insufficient Evidence.
    • Skills are marked as Almost Always, Most of the Time, Sometimes, Rarely, or Insufficient Evidence.


What is the focus of learning at Compass?

Deep learning of skills and academics in the context of real-world problems is the focus at Compass.

  • We believe in teaching key concepts and skills and creating the building blocks from one level to the next and in giving students meaningful problems, scenarios, and community partnerships (or helping them find their own) with which to apply and practice these concepts and skills to learn them deeply.
  • Compass Competencies on which students get regular feedback for growth (see rubrics linked above) include:
    • Accountability and Consequential Thinking (feedback in Intensives)
    • Critical thinking and Collaboration (feedback in Ventures)
    • Self and social awareness and Emotional Literacy (feedback in Advisory)
    • Written/Visual Communication and Oral Communication (feedback in all classes)
  • We study interesting topics that are relevant to our local and global community and that are based in  Colorado State Academic Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and ISTE technology standards to engage students in learning.
  • We believe in constant improvement and growth. We know that all humans are “jagged learners”. We do not penalize students for not showing mastery on their first try, nor do we hold them back in a class level that is below their abilities just because they are a certain age.

Will my child get a traditional transcript?

We do not give traditional grades on assignments or for class experiences each quarter because we want students to focus on meaningful feedback and to develop a “growth mindset” that is focused on continuous improvement. At the end of each school year, grades and credits get transcribed into the school district Student Information System. Note: middle school classes do not accrue credit. Credit only applies to high school courses. However, middle schoolers who are successful in high school level classes in math and Spanish will get high school credit on their high school transcript. You may log into Synergy to see this transcript at the end of June each year.