Marana High & Mountain View High Students
On March 31, 2020, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted emergency rules regarding the issuance of academic credit and high school diplomas for the 2019-2020 school year. When deciding how to award academic credit and high school diplomas, Marana High School and Mountain View High School will base the decisions on the entire second semester, including the student’s “performance tasks” educational opportunities during fourth quarter.
General Educational Opportunities
Teachers will continue to provide daily general educational opportunities (and feedback) utilizing technological resources to students they serve in their content areas or will provide alternatives if students cannot access technology and/or have alternative learning needs.
In addition to general educational opportunities, teachers will identify a fourth quarter “performance task” for students to complete in each of their courses. Teachers and leadership are working hard to ensure tasks are relevant, meaningful, and focused on teaching the concepts and skills students need to be successful in college, career, and life.
- Performance tasks are defined as any learning activity or assessment that asks students to perform and/or demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and proficiency. These tasks yield a tangible product and/or performance that serve as evidence of learning. Unlike a selected-response item (e.g., multiple-choice or matching) that asks students to select from given alternatives, a performance task presents a situation that calls for learners to apply their learning in context.
- General educational opportunities for each course will be designed to support successful completion of performance tasks.
- Teachers will administer performance tasks to students during the following windows:
- Seniors: April 20- May 20
- Freshmen- Juniors: April 27- May 20
For consistency, teachers will use Google Classroom for Learning at Home opportunities with their students. In addition, teachers will connect with their students and parents/guardians utilizing a variety of methods:
- Phone calls and emails.
- Virtual or telephonic office hours to support individual or small groups of students. This can be done in a Zoom personal room or having parents email during designated time windows and teachers returning the call.
- Additional applications teachers and staff currently use to connect with families: Class Dojo, ParentVue (MUSD Connection), Remind, Bloomz, etc.
- Alternative learning opportunities and materials will be made available for those students who need alternatives and supplemental materials based on their learning needs.
Teachers will provide feedback to students on general educational opportunities. Teachers will also keep parents and guardians informed about learning opportunities and provide weekly feedback to parents/guardians about their student’s progress.
Methods that teachers may use to provide feedback to student:
- Comments on Google docs
- Comments to individual students through Google classroom
- Verbal formative feedback during a Zoom meeting
- Comments on a student Flipgrid, EdPuzzle
- Whole class feedback on Screencastify
- Asking questions to further discussion or prompt thinking/clarify student ideas
Grading & Academic Credit
Formal grades and grading are suspended for the fourth quarter of the 2019-2020 school year.
Teachers will document fourth quarter assignments (not for a grade) in ParentVue (MUSD Connection) to show evidence of ongoing standards mastery. Although teachers will not issue fourth quarter grades, they will issue semester grades and award academic credit for high school courses.
Teachers and school leadership are committed to working with students to ensure successful completion of fourth quarter educational activities and assigned performance tasks.
Teachers will issue a semester grade that accounts for the performance task at the end of the semester. Semester grades will be based on a student’s work on the performance task, work submitted fourth quarter during school closure, and third quarter performance.
Teachers may work with students who have completed the fourth quarter performance task to fill gaps exhibited during the third quarter so credit can be awarded and/or to improve their grade from third quarter.
Based on work completed during fourth quarter, a student’s grade may improve, but it will not decline from the grade a student was issued third quarter.
Teachers will not withhold credit or a diploma from a student that is unable to participate in learning at home due to barriers created by the public health emergency.
Dual Enrollment Courses
High school students enrolled in dual enrollment courses will continue to work with their dual enrollment teachers regarding remaining requirements for dual enrollment courses.
Students currently enrolled in alternative education courses and Marana Distance Learning will continue to move forward with their coursework.
Attendance will not be taken during the school closure.
Standardized Testing: HB 2910 cancels the statewide assessment (AzM2, AIMS Science Test and MSAA) for the 2019-2020 school year for all students.
Civics Test: Per the Arizona State Board of Education, senior students are expected to complete the Civics Test. Students who still need this requirement will be assigned the Civics test through a secure browser in Synergy assessment. High School administration will work directly with seniors regarding this requirement. Regarding the Civics Test Graduation Requirement, students are still required by statute to receive a 60% or better on the Civics Test. As a reminder, students may take the assessment in a form and manner determined by the school district or charter school. Our schools will not withhold diplomas from a student that is unable to take the assessment due to barriers created by the public health emergency.
CPR Instruction: Per the Arizona Department of Education, senior students are expected to complete CPR instruction. Students who still need this requirement will be assigned to watch the SafeSchools CPR course through Synergy assessment and will take a brief quiz to verify completion. High School administration will work directly with seniors regarding this requirement. Our schools will not withhold diplomas from a student that is unable to participate in CPR instruction due to barriers created by the public health emergency.
AP Tests: AP Tests will be administered in an alternate format. The College Board website explains this process.
ACT: The administration of the ACT test is postponed to June 13, 2020.
Core Content and Elective Teachers: Teachers will offer daily general educational opportunities (and provide feedback) for students in their content area aligned with the unit and/or overarching goals. Some remote learning opportunities may take multiple days to complete. In this case, teachers will check-in with students and provide feedback regarding their progress.
Co-Teachers: Co-teacher will co-plan and co-facilitate daily general educational opportunities (and provide feedback) for students in their content area aligned with the unit and/or overarching goals. Some remote learning opportunities may take multiple days to complete. In this case, teachers will check-in with students and provide feedback regarding their progress.
Core/Resource Special Education Teachers: Teachers will offer daily general educational opportunities (and provide feedback) at their students’ performance level specially designed for the students they serve in their respective content areas. Some remote learning opportunities may take multiple days to complete. In this case, teachers will check-in with students and provide feedback regarding their progress.
English Learners (EL) Teachers: Teachers will offer daily EL general educational opportunities for students and provide feedback for students.
Cluster Program (ID/ED) Teachers: Cluster Program (ID/ED) teachers will provide daily general educational opportunities for students and provide feedback.
Related Service Providers: Related Service Providers will coordinate and provide ongoing opportunities for students on their caseload to work on IEP goals.
Counselors: Counselors will continue to support students/families on their caseload to ensure personalized needs are addressed and supported.