The Cromwell High School community believes that the mission of the school is to educate and inspire all students to apply essential skills needed to become productive and responsible citizens in the 21st century. The Cromwell High School community has identified the following learning expectations for all students:
- Utilize critical thinking skills.
- Employ problem solving skills.
- Read actively and critically in a variety of situations.
- Write effectively for a variety of purposes.
- Speak effectively and clearly.
- Apply technology effectively.
- Demonstrate and recognize the principles of wellness and physical fitness.
- Demonstrate understanding and skills in the fine and practical arts.
- Demonstrate knowledge of world cultures.
Each department at the high school has chosen one of these learning expectations as a focus throughout the year, and students are assessed quarterly on their progress towards developing these skills with a school-wide rubric. These scores will be available in the Power School Portal, but they are not included in the quarter grade. The assessments are tools that the faculty uses to measure growth and to guide curriculum development.
Your child is graded by a variety of criteria, depending on which rubric is being used. For all rubrics, the indicators are as follows: Exemplary, Proficient, Limited, and Insufficient. Parents and guardians should look for growth in their particular child over the school year.
Click here to view the school-wide rubrics.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of school-wide rubrics?
School-wide rubrics ensure that students are being assessed on essential 21st century skills in all the disciplines of classes they take at CHS. It allows teachers of all subject areas to incorporate these skills into class activities. In order to be an accredited public high school, the expectation is that the school utilizes school-wide rubrics to assess students’ skills.
What are 21st century skills?
The 21st century skills are a set of abilities that students need to develop in order to succeed in today's workforce. We, as teachers, want to make sure that students leaving the district are prepared for what's to come after high school.
How is my child graded using these school-wide rubrics?
Your child is graded based on a variety of criteria, depending on which rubric is being used. For all rubrics, the indicators are as follows: Exemplary, Proficient, Limited, and Insufficient. Parents and guardians should look for growth in their child over the school year.
Are these school-wide rubric grades affecting my child’s grades?
Although these school-wide rubric grades are now being inserted into PowerSchool for families to view, they do not have any effect on the quarter, semester, or year grades. They are a method to assess students on their development of essential 21st century skills. However, some CHS teachers may also grade the assessment used to score the student on the school-wide rubric.
Will colleges and universities consider my child’s school-wide rubric grades when application time comes around?
Colleges and universities will not see school-wide rubric grades, so they cannot consider these grades for admission into their college or university.
Where can I find the school-wide rubrics?
The school-wide rubrics can be found on the Cromwell High School website or by clicking here.
How many times will the school-wide rubrics be used during the year?
Currently teachers are only required to use the rubric once per quarter, on a project that best fits what the rubric is assessing. It is to the teacher's discretion if they would like to use it more often than that.
How to View Scores
- Log in to the Cromwell Public Schools Parent Portal
- Click on the Standards Grades Tab to the right of Grades and Attendance
- Click on the Expand All Button to View Scores