ADM’s Response to the Academic Impact of COVID-19: The purpose of this communication is to provide parents and students with clear information about ADM’s response to the academic disruption caused by the COVID-19 school closure. Please view the following videos and read the information below for information about ADM’s plan to address academic gaps resulting from the school closure, as well as how grading and credit will be awarded for the 2019-20 school year.
|Watch Video: PK- 8th Grade Information||Watch Video: 9th – 12th Grade Information|
Academic Disruption: At the start of each year, all ADM courses and grade level teams identify “Power Standards” that will be introduced, taught, and assessed throughout the school year. Power Standards represent the standards that teacher teams have identified to be most essential to the academic career of students. ADM teachers work diligently to understand and track each student’s progress and understanding of academic standards.
As a result of the closure, the power standards that were intended to be introduced or reviewed in the 4th quarter were unable to be taught and assessed. This has caused an academic disruption and a potential gap in learning for students. ADM recognizes the significant impact of this academic disruption and has identified a process to identify gaps and to ensure students receive the instruction and learning opportunities on power standards that they deserve.
Addressing Gaps: Power standards that were intended to be taught during the 4th quarter of the 2019-20 school year will be transitioned to the following sequential course or grade level. During the month of May, ADM teachers will be working to identify the standards that need to be transitioned and incorporated into next year’s courses. Additionally, all buildings will rely on the use of intervention times throughout the academic week to help address individual needs of students in the fall. Please watch the videos above for more details and examples.
Grading and Credit
- PK-8th Grade Students: 4th quarter report cards will not be issued, as no required new learning will have taken place during the school closure. All scores related to proficiency will stand as communicated at the end of the 3rd quarter on March 13, 2020.
- 9th-12th Grade Students: Second semester grades will be awarded based on standards that had been covered prior to closure & the in-progress grade as it stood on March 13, 2020. Students will have to choose one of the following options for each course they were enrolled in at the time of closure. Students and parents will attend virtual meetings with their advisor the week of 4/27-5/1.
- Option 1: Students can accept their current grade in any course as it stood on March 13, 2020.
- Option 2: Students can work to improve their current grade in any course by engaging in reteaching and new demonstration of learning over power standards introduced prior to March 13, 2020.