Moving beyond Traditional Achievement
The implementation of the MURSD Portrait of a Learner provides an opportunity to fulfill our vision to "expand our definition of success beyond traditional metrics to celebrate the diverse talents, interests, accomplishments, and growth of learners." As part of this effort, Nipmuc convened a group of high school students, middle school students, teachers, graduates, and leaders to create a reimagined rubric for our portrait of a graduate.
Rather than focus on teacher-determined achievement, students established an assessment tool focused primarily on reflection. To guide students on a journey of continual growth, they crafted "I can" statements, reflective questions, and reflective prompts to help students tap into their learning.
In addition, the reflective tool replaced teacher grades with aspirational feedback. Rather than assessing students with ratings of "As or Bs" or "Exemplary or Proficient" - teachers prompt learning by giving them feedback through statements that begin with "What if?" or "I wonder...".