MMS Honor Program for 2016-2017

Honors

Last year MMS reinstituted the honor roll.  We worked with students and staff to set criteria around what students would need to do to attain honors.  The purpose of our honor roll is to give students a rigorous target to shoot for as a motivator.  As an educational institution we also want to celebrate students who are pushing themselves to meet high academic standards.  After our experience last year the MMS Leadership Team met to discuss if we needed to make any adjustments to ensure that this target was at the appropriate level of difficulty.  Based on our data and discussion we have decided to increase the standard this year.

Definitions:

Learning Goal – Learning goals are also referred to as learning targets.  There are parts of the curriculum that students certify proficiency on as they work throughout the year.  Students complete tasks and receive scores that lead them to become proficient on the learning goal.  Typically students will perform 3-5 tasks to show proficiency on a learning goal.

Proficiency Score – Students receive a score of a 1, 2, 3, or 4 on learning goals to show their level of proficiency.  A score of 3 is the target we are working toward and a score of 4 exceeds the standard expectation.  Students receive a 1 or 2 as they are introduced to and learn new information.  If students show progress past a particular score then teachers may  show that progress by using a .5 score.  For example, a student who has learned the foundational knowledge and has made significant progress toward proficiency but is not quite there yet would receive a 2.5 score.

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Experience Points (XP) –  Students groups developed a set of points that students would accumulate during the year.  It includes all scores of 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, and 4 on all learning goals they have worked on. Students receive 2 XP for  every 2 or 2.5 they score on a learning goal.  They receive 3 XP for every 3 or 3.5 they score on a learning goal.  Students felt that a 4 requires more work, drive and effort so they felt that students should receive 5 XP for every 4 they score on a learning goal.  All these scores add up to the students total XP for the year.

Proficiency Score Experience Point Value
1 or 1.5 0
2 or 2.5 2
3 or 3.5   3
4 5

Calculation:

Honor Roll is calculated based on the number of experience points students earn during the year.   Students must have at least 220 points to be considered for honors.  In addition to the total number of points, students must earn 4s to achieve honors.  There are three levels of honors.  Honors is achieved when a student has 220 or more total points and 4 learning goals certified as a 4.   High Honors is achieved when a student has 220 or more total points and 8 learning goals certified as a 4.  In order to reach High Honors with Distinction, a student needs to have 220 or more total points and at least 16 learning goals met at a 4.  The chart below shows these levels.

Level of Recognition Criteria Needed
Honors 220 experience points and a minimum of 4 learning goals at a proficiency score of 4.
High Honors 220 points experience points and a minimum of 8 learning goals at a proficiency score of 4.
High Honors with Distinction 220 points experience points and a minimum of 16 learning goals at a proficiency score of 4.

Below are a couple of examples of how students XP will be calculated.

Student A

High Honors Example

Number of Learning Goals Experience Points/Score Total
Learning Goal Score at 2 or 2.5 12 2 24
Learning Goal Score at 3 or 3.5 50 3 150
Learning Goal Score at 4 12 5 60
234

Below are a couple of examples of how students XP will be calculated.

Student B

Honors Example

Number of Learning Goals Experience Points/Score Total
Learning Goal Score at 2 or 2.5 19 2 38
Learning Goal Score at 3 or 3.5 50 3 150
Learning Goal Score at 4 7 5 35
223

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Students who reach Honors level or above will receive an invitation to the Celebration of Excellence which takes place on June 5, 2017.  Our teachers will be working with your children to make sure that they understand the benchmarks.  Progress reports will include a 2016-2017 school year column starting quarter 2.  This will include all of the learning goal scores that will apply to honors so you and your child can calculate their progress.  If you have any questions, please speak with your child or reach out to a teacher.