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Options for Awarding Credit

Options for Awarding Credit

During Distance Learning for All, educators should focus efforts on:

  • Identifying the essential learnings that have not been assessed prior to the extended school closure; and

  • Developing learning experiences and methods of collecting evidence of student proficiency for the missing content, with a particular focus on content that is essential for success in subsequent coursework.

Course credit may be awarded when the student has met defined levels of proficiency or mastery on the essential learnings. During the extended school closure, consider defining proficiency in terms of a passing grade; this may look different from how you have approached proficiency in the past.

Approved Sources of Evidence for Awarding Credit

Following is a list of approved sources of evidence for awarding credit and educators may combine evidence from multiple sources.

  1. Evidence Generated in Courses: Evidence of student learning collected through online or non-digital distance learning courses, with assessment practices integrated with teaching and learning and the teacher making judgements by drawing from multiple sources, such as:

    • Student work produced in response to lessons and other teacher-organized resources.

    • Teacher-student contacts (e.g., written/conferences/calls).

    • Virtual class sessions.

  2. Stand-Alone Assessments: Evidence of student learning from summative assessments.

    • Educators provide students with summative assessments designed for the purpose of certifying the student has met the defined level of proficiency of the essential learnings. The recommended assessment strategies during distance learning are performance assessments and projects.

  3. Collections of Evidence: Evidence of student learning from a student-created collections of evidence, scored against rubric(s).

  4. Prior Mastery: Evidence of student learning provided through documentation of prior mastery (e.g., certification of training, letters, diplomas, awards, etc.).

The options for awarding credit are established in OAR 581-022-2025.

Overarching Resources

Resources for (1) Evidence Generated in Courses and (2) Stand-Alone Assessments

  • Assessment Accessibility Supports

    Examples of assessment accessibility supports in the context of Distance Learning for All.

  • Performance Assessment

    Information about performance assessments in the context of Distance Learning for All.

  • Projects

    Information about project based learning in the context of Distance Learning for All.

Resources for (3) Collections of Evidence

Collections of Evidence

Information about collections of evidence and portfolios in the context of Distance Learning for All.

Resources for (4) Prior Mastery/Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Mastery/Prior Learning

Information about credit for prior mastery/prior learning.

Additional Resources

These resources can be helpful in assisting educators with evaluation and development of performance assessment for quality and alignment.

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading Scoring Guides:
    • Speaking Scoring Guides:
      • HS Offi​​​cial Scoring Guide: Speaking ​English
    • Writing Scoring Guides:
      • HS Official Scoring Gui​de: Narrative ​English​, Spanish
      • HS Official ​Scoring Guide: Informative/Argumentative​ ​English, Spanish
  • Mathematics
    • Mathematics Problem Solving Scoring Guides:
  • Science
    • Science Inquiry Scoring Guide
    • Science Engineering Scoring Guide
  • Social Sciences
    • Social Science Analysis Scoring Guides

For further information, please contact Cristen McLean.

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