Academic classes at JJSE are challenging and linked to college-entrance standards. We expect all students to meet university entrance requirements and take college prep coursework.
In order to hold students and teachers accountable to high performance standards and to mirror expectations by which people are assessed in college and in the workplace, June Jordan School for Equity has developed a research-based portfolio assessment system. This system provides students with multiple forms of access and is an authentic way for teachers and students to develop and assess learning collaboratively as well as engage with the broader community.
The JJSE performance assessment system is designed to generate real, public accountability for student performance and includes the following elements:
- portfolios of student work
- rubrics that embody acceptable standards of performance
- oral presentations to a committee
- opportunities for revision
- integration with everyday curriculum and classroom practice
The system is organized around six “Habits of Mind” that connect to 20th Century Learning, future college success, and the Common Core Standards: 1) Perspective 2) Relevance 3) Original Research 4) Precision 5) Evidence 6) Logical Reasoning (leading to the acronym “PROPEL”).
Teachers in each core subject area department (Math, Science, English, and History) are required to integrate the Habits of Mind into their curriculum and assign one or more major portfolio assignments per semester. Each student is required to produce a portfolio project as a summative assessment in each class, and this project must assess each of the Habits of Mind as related to the subject area. In spring of 10th and 12th grades, students must present and defend their portfolios to a committee which includes teachers, parents/guardians, peers, and community members. This portfolio process is a graduation requirement that was approved by the SFUSD Board of Education in 2008.