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Rancho Cotate High School

Back-to-School night is this Wednesday, September 9th. The event will kick off with our band at 5:45.

We can't wait for you to join us to meet your child's Rancho teaching team, and see the many updates and improvements taking place all around campus. Prior to Wednesday night, please be sure to sign into “” and print your student’s schedule. If you have any questions about my.crpusd and the online student grade book access process, please visit our school website or call the school on Tuesday. We are eager to assist you in accessing all the information you need to support your students academics at Rancho Cotate High School. Instant access to your child's daily attendance and grades

You were recently sent an e-mail from Rapid Identity to set up your parent portal. Once you have set up your account, you will be able to monitor your students attendance and grades. If you have not received an e-mail please call the school to ensure that we have your current e-mail address.

Making Grades Meaningful

Motivation Matters

You may notice a slightly different grading rubrics and scales are now being utilized within Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District schools, this is because we are shifting to "equal interval grading" and emphasizing "grading for mastery" throughout the district.

Why the change? Traditionally percentages have been used in the past with A 90-100, B 80-90, C 70-80, D 60-70 and F 0-60. This meant that each letter grade was 10 percentage points, while the F made up a whopping 60% of the scale. The effect of this traditional scale unintentionally discouraged students who had done poorly during the early portion of a course, or who hadn't turned in work. These students would find themselves mathematically unable to pass a course, even if they later applied themselves to their studies. Not only is this a motivation killer for students, it also results in an inaccurate representation of the student's ability and knowledge.

Under a traditional model a disengaged student could get an F (0%) first quarter, and demonstrate high level mastery the second quarter an A (100%)---only to receive an F average (50%) as their final grade forcing them to repeat the course. Under the new equal interval model, such a student could get an F (0) first quarter, and an A the second quarter (5.0) to receive an overall passing C grade (2.5). In the second scenario the passing grade more accurately demonstrates the competencies demonstrated by the student. While this is an extreme example, it demonstrates the importance for adolescents to realize that they can overcome a cycle of bad grades or missing assignments---it is never too late for students to apply themselves to learning.

How does this relate to Common Core? Common Core assessments are reported in five equal intervals: Exceptional (4-5), Skilled (3-4), Proficient (2-3), Developing (1-2), Inadequate (0-1). RCHS grading will now be aligned with Common Core testing reports.

What is grading for mastery? During the course of a semester, students will be given multiple opportunities to show that they have learned the skills of the course. Students and teachers may set up retakes for graded assessments, because not all students master content at the same pace. Teachers may also set up "spiraled" assessments that give students additional opportunities to show how their learning has progressed over time. If students do not meet deadlines or turn in work they will still receive an F for those assignments. Homework and classwork is important for student skill development and RCHS teachers will not accept laziness or irresponsibility. Rather, teachers will require students to complete designated units of classwork, in order to obtain extended opportunities to demonstrating learning.

Will it affect college acceptance? No, colleges are well aware that many districts across the nation are adopting this research based grading model, and it has no impact on the reporting of student's standard GPA. If fact, the equal interval grading correlates easily and directly with the equal intervals of the GPA.