The On-Grade Model is a system approach to education that actually simplifies the educational process through clarity of objectives and transparency of operations. The approach is collaborative and fits nicely into education's community context.
The On-Grade Model is focused on classroom teaching and learning processes and follows proven principles of quality systems. The On-Grade Model manages learning using the natural common denominator of education - knowledge and skills - at the operational level. Use of operational level content is key to success in everything from alignment to measurement and management.
The Model enables clear gap vision and makes feasible actual on-grade teaching and learning. Using any content and pedagogy, the On-Grade Model complements Common Core State Standards and assessments and Competency Based Learning, and enables students to achieve high performance.
Using the On-Grade Model, standards are connected to the classroom teaching process with known alignment. The current practice of teaching to the test is eliminated because it's not needed.
Students and parents have access to real-time, high-value information about the teaching process, not just assignments and test results:
The On-Grade Model provides teachers with tools to ease the burden of curriculum development, develop individual education plans (IEPs) and parental communications. Teachers can easily initiate collaboration and engage peers and support staff and administrators in the learning process.
The On-Grade Model also gives teachers automation tools to help them develop individual education plans and intervention plans to close learning gaps. It also provides data feedback features to help pinpoint learning issues. The availability of all this classroom data provides references for students to continue learning outside the classroom and aids them in getting outside support.
The On-Grade Model's communications tools make it easier for parents to get involved, track progress and understand what’s being taught. These tools empower parents to more effectively help their children to become better students. Separate parental access to system data allows their early participation rather than getting involved in reaction to problems.