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815 S. Oakdale Ave.
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 842-3630
Fax: (541) 842-1090
Contact: Debbie Connolly, Supervisor of Curriculum & Assessment
Hours: 7:30 - 4:30

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Proficiency Grading and Learning

The purpose of this page is to share the key concepts about proficiency grading and what this means for students and families. The District teaching staff have worked hard to respond to a 2011 Oregon law change that requires proficiency grading and reporting; it is also known as House Bill 2220. Our grading system, methodology, and report card have all been redesigned to meet these new requirements.

The bottom line in the change is that grades are no longer averaged over a term. Instead, every student has the chance to master the content standards regardless of how other students perform. What's more, each student has a chance to earn an "A" grade, not just the students at the top of the Bell Curve. The other significant change is that student behaviors like attendance, tardies, preparedness, and classroom behavior are scored separately. We all know that behaviors do have an impact on learning and grades, but by keeping the two separate, we can identify if the student needs academic help or behavioral help.

Here are some helpful documents and links that explain Proficiency Grading in more detail:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Proficiency-Based Instruction and Assessment Article

How to read your middle school report card (English) (Espanol)

How to ready your high school report card (English) (Espanol)


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549C Medford School District

Medford School District 549C Mission Statement
We are a high quality teaching and learning organization dedicated to preparing all students to graduate with a sound educational foundation, ready to succeed in post-secondary education, and to be contributing community members.

Medford Public Schools 549C recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups and their roles in society and our community. It is the policy of the Medford School Board that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups on the grounds of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation in any educational programs, activities or employment.
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For District American Disabilities Act compliance, please contact the Office of Human Resources: (541) 842-3625

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