ACE (Assessment Correlation Engine)
Grades are the primary mode of communication about student progress for educators, students, and parents. Unfortunately, grades do not always reflect mastery. Discrepancy between grades and mastery creates longitudinal issues for schools as students move from course to course without mastering the content. ACE pinpoints issues between course grades and mastery ensuring parents, students, and educators are all on the same page regarding student progress. ACE automatically identifies:
Grade inflation occurs when course grades are higher than level of standards mastery.
Grade deflation occurs when course grades are far below level of standards mastery
Systemic bias occurs when the assessment process within a district does not accurately reflect mastery for sub-populations of students
Grading practices impact student achievement and accountability
What impact do grading practices have on mastery?
ACE automatically evaluates your grading practices by correlating course grades with any form of assessment, identifying grade inflation, grade deflation, and systemic bias. ACE pinpoints opportunities for improvement to help administrators guide their schools to mastery.
Do your formative assessments correlate to high-stakes scores?
ACE correlates any form of measurement (Dibels, NWEA, Lexile, or any formative assessment) with high stakes test scores to identify whether or not your teachers are getting a true indication of standards mastery. ACE insights help teachers understand the exact crosswalk between interim assessments and high stakes assessments.
Which courses have the greatest impact on ACT & SAT scores?
ACE correlates individual courses with ACT scores to identify which courses have the greatest outcomes on college entrance exams. Insights from ACE help counselors optimize student schedules for college entry.
Does your personalized learning process translate to mastery?
Whether you implement personalized learning, RTI, or differentiated instruction processes, ACE analyzes these student cohorts to illuminate whether or not your processes are translating to standards mastery on high stakes assessments.
Inflation, Deflation, and Systemic bias have long-term ramifications
Impact of Grade Inflation
False sense of security:
Grade inflation communicates a false sense of security to both students and parents. When students receive As and Bs without mastering standards, no alarm bell is sounded for students and parents. Without an alarm bell, students coast through until met with a transparent grader. This typically causes parent phone calls and demotivated students.
Longitudinal drain on mastery:
The cohort of grade inflated students causes longitudinal issues for schools. As students flow through the system, non-mastering A and B students ultimately negatively impact high stakes test scores. Upper grade levels are faced with tremendous challenges as they support former A and B students now receiving Cs, Ds, and Fs.
Impact of Grade Deflation
Inaccurate mental models of competency:
When a student receives a C, D, or F in a course, the student develops an opinion about his/her competency in a particular subject area. Often times parents adopt the same mental model, "my child is not good at math". Students with grade deflation actually are performing at the mastery level on standards-based tests. Unfortunately, neither parents nor students understand this fact since they primarily rely on course grades to gauge mastery.
Declining confidence and student engagement:
When students receive Cs, Ds, and Fs in the classroom, they believe they are 'not good at math'. This mental model causes students to disengage from the instructional process which becomes a self reinforcing cycle, snowballing into worse and worse performance. Studies show these students are penalized for compliance, which hides their ability to master content.
Impact of Systemic Bias
Systemic bias impacts all grade levels:
The combination of grade inflation and grade deflation combines to create systemic grading bias across school or district. This bias negatively impacts student achievement year after year as students move from one classroom to the next.
Negatively impacts delivery of personalized learning:
Systemic grading bias causes a misalignment between virtually every form of assessment (Dibels, Lexile, high stakes tests, formative and summative tests) schools use to measure student achievement. This misalignment impacts educators' ability to effectively personalize learning. ACE pinpoints exactly where these issues are impacting student achievement allowing administrators to take precise corrective actions.