How were the skills selected that my student will be assessed on

Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, teachers at Olympia Middle School worked together to identify the most essential skills to master in order to show appropriate growth within their subject and grade level.   The teachers read several professional articles on this topic, participated in a book study on the book Answers to Essential Questions About Standards, Assessments, Grading, & Reporting by Thomas Guskey and Lee Ann Jung, and several teachers attended professional development on this topic to prepare for this transition.  Through all of this training, the staff agreed that the most effective way to communicate student progress would be to identify anywhere from three to eight skills over the course of a year.  This will keep the focus narrow and allow the teachers to dig deeper with the essential skills for their classes.