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1900 North Keene Way Drive
Medford, OR 97504
Phone: (541) 842-3670
Fax: (541) 842-5206
Contact: Dan Smith, Principal
Hours: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Proficiency Learning - Frequently Asked Questions

North Medford High School
Proficiency Learning – Frequently Asked Questions
  • Why are we changing the way teachers calculate and report grades?
    • During the 2010 school year, the state legislature passed House Bill 2220 requiring schools to move towards proficiency learning and grading. All schools are required to make this transition by July of 2013.
  • How will this affect GPA?
    • Students’ proficiency levels will be translated into traditional letter grades and GPA’s.
  • How will this be interpreted by colleges?
    • The transcripts received by colleges will continue to show traditional letter grades and GPA’s.  Students and Colleges will benefit because the grades reported will more accurately represent their knowledge and abilities in the subject.
  • What do I need to do to pass / get an A?
    • Student’s need to achieve the Mastery level on the Proficiency Continuum for the key learning targets for the course in question.
  • What is the difference between summative and formative assessments?
    • A summative assessment will be an evaluation of the student’s proficiency and these marks will impact the student’s course grade. A formative assessment is for feedback (to the student and teacher) and does not impact the student’s grade.
  • How do I motivate my son/daughter if formative assessments (e.g. homework, class work, etc.) are not included in the grade?
    • Homework, classwork and other formative assessments provide risk-free opportunities for practice and feedback in the key learning targets prior to the summative assessments.  Completion of homework and classwork is often correlated with success on summative assessments.
  • What does it mean if my student is not proficient?
    • He/She has not yet met grade-level standards for the course. 
    • He/She will be given additional opportunities to demonstrate grade-level achievement.
  • What do I do if my student is not proficient?
    • Encourage more participation in course/assignments
    • Intervention classes/opportunities
    • Communicate with teacher
    • Connect student with teacher (office hours, etc.)
    • Identify particular learning targets as focus for improvement.

549C Medford School District  

Medford School District 549C Mission Statement
We are a high quality teaching and learning organization dedicated to preparing all students to graduate
with a sound educational foundation, ready to succeed in post-secondary education, and to be contributing community members.

Medford Public Schools 549C recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups and their roles in society and our community.
It is the policy of the Medford School Board that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups on the grounds of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation in any educational programs, activities or employment.
For District Federal Title Program compliance, please contact the Office of Federal Programs: (541) 842-3633
For District Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act compliance, please contact the Office of Special Education & Student Services: (541) 842-3628
For District American Disabilities Act compliance, please contact the Office of Human Resources: (541) 842-3625