MCAT teachers and leaders have developed student Personalized Learning Plans and alternative credit options to award credits to students during school closure.
For consistency, MCAT 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
Teachers and school leadership are committed to working with students to ensure successful achievement of Personalized Learning Plans such that high school credits will be awarded in a timely manner.
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.
ACT: The administration of the ACT test is postponed to June 13, 2020.