The CSL Methodology
An Outcome-Based Approach to Student Assessment
What is the CSL Methodology?
The report card is an invitation for a conversation or a summary of a conversation about student learning and achievement.
High Quality Grades
Assigning fair and meaningful grades requires thoughtful and informed professional judgment on the part of teachers, along with an abiding concern for what best serves the interest of students and their families. It requires careful examination of the tasks students are asked to complete and the questions they are asked to answer in order to demonstrate their learning.
“…rather than offering a cumulative, final evaluation, the report card should be seen as part of a continuous and ongoing reporting process… the report card communicates information to facilitate improvements in student learning.”Thomas R. Guskey
Goals for CSL Grades
To accurately reflect student achievement
To promote the idea that growth is possible and supported
Allow students and parents to see what students are doing well and where improvement is needed
Elicit meaningful response to feedback