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Content Is Common Denominator

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Closing Learning Gaps

Letter Grades Hide Learning Gaps

Learning Gaps Cripple Progress

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Letter Grades Hide Student Learning Gaps


Traditional letter grades hide learning gaps illustrated above using the yellow and red of a stop-light metaphor. Tracking and managing student learning at the content level exposes gaps and gives teachers, students and parents opportunity to take informed action to close gaps in core content before there are consequences.

The grade to grade record of a solid “C” student may appear acceptable, but behind the passing "C" letter grades are learning gaps. If any of these gaps are in scaffolded knowledge and skills, educators need to intervene to solidify foundation proficiencies before students can learn new on-grade content without a struggle.

Learning Gaps Beget Gaps

Learning gaps are to education what disease cells are to an otherwise robust organism. Insidious and pernicious, they proliferate silently, debilitating the system.

Gaps multiply from grade to grade, feeding off each other, getting resistant to closure as the years go by. As arithmetic is prerequisite to algebra, the content of each grade lays a foundation for later grades that, if neglected, brings the whole education smashing down.

Gaps Pass Unchecked

As it exists today, “the system” allows gaps to persist and proliferate, masked by tolerating what is “acceptable:” As, Bs and Cs in the conventional letter grading system.

Teachers are accountable for teaching and learning course content, but are often required to close gaps in prerequisite content before proceeding with that new content. If student learning was tracked and managed at the content or competency level, those critical gaps would be conspicuous and less likely to persist. Working independently, teachers can use the On-Grade Model and its tools to validate a student's necessary prior knowledge and customize any required gap closure plan.