No failures! The SEP published the criteria for basic education teachers to evaluate their students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The coronavirus caused thousands of preschool, primary and secondary school students to change their routine and jump into virtual classes so as not to miss the school year; however, many do not have the same access to technology and the internet, which complicates their progress in classes.
For this reason, the teachers identified three levels of communication with their students after the application of the Learn at Home program, so the SEP ordered that depending on this, is how they will record the grades on the report cards.
What did the SEP publish?
The Ministry of Public Education (SEP) issued the pedagogical guidelines and criteria for the evaluation of learning for preschool, primary and secondary education in the period of health contingency generated by the SARS-coV2 virus (COVID-19) for the 2020 school year -2021.
In the document, the SEP warns that the assignment of numerical grades will cease to be a priority, because as long as there are no face-to-face classes, grading without foundation can be unfair and even arbitrary.
The children will be valued for their effort and, according to the context of each one, those who have not had direct contact with their teachers will not be graded, and it will be sought to be the students themselves, together with their parents and teachers , who give an account of their learning, reported the SEP.
It should be noted that the agency reported that the document will be disseminated in all basic education schools in the country and that face-to-face classes will not be returned to schools, until there is a green epidemiological traffic light.
–What the Learn at Home left
The SEP argued that the application of the Learn at Home program allowed teachers to identify that the teaching-learning process varies, to a large extent, by the family environment of each student.
Also, the SEP points out that it depends on the accessibility they have to electronic devices and connectivity; the provision of adequate spaces for learning and the accompaniment of mothers, fathers and guardians.
For this reason, three levels of communication and participation of the students were identified with which the teachers will be guided to make the evaluations.
– Considerations to be taken by teachers
The SEP states that teachers should take, in general, the following considerations when placing grades on report cards
Give priority to the formative function of evaluation.
Employ complementary strategies for learning.
Assess progress from the particular context of the students.
Consider the specific conditions in which the health emergency affects each student.
Assign grades only in cases where the teaching staff is certain of the health conditions, accessibility and accompaniment of their students.
Use evaluation as an instrument to improve learning.
–This is how teachers should qualify in COVID-19 times
Here are the three levels of communication that teachers should consider and how they will apply their evaluation criteria.
– Sustained communication and participation
It is when there was continuous communication between the teacher and his students.
In that case, students will be evaluated in accordance with the provisions of Article 10 of Agreement 03/11/19, published in the Official Gazette of the Federation on March 29, 2019.
That is, in the case of preschool, it is credited with the mere fact of having completed the corresponding degree. For primary, the first and second, are credited with the sole fact of having completed the corresponding degree.
While, for the following third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades, they must have 80% attendance (in this case to virtual classes) and the lowest grade will be six, that is, passing.
The same happens for secondary, in the three grades an attendance of 80% is requested and the teachers will have to evaluate with grades of six onwards.
– Intermittent communication and participation
In this case, it is when the communication between students and teachers was sporadic or partial and in this situation the teachers should write down the legend “insufficient information” in the comments section on the report card.
According to the SEP, it is “when there is no possibility of monitoring the educational process of the students.”
In these cases, teachers must record the legend “No information” in the comments section on the report card.
Thus, says the SEP, the grades or evaluations registered for this and, where appropriate, for the subsequent period, will be preliminary, since the final grades will be recorded at the end of the 2020-2021 School Cycle, in accordance with what is established by the corresponding standard.
–How will the qualifications be made known?
The communication of the results of the evaluation and the delivery of evaluation reports to parents or guardians, will take place in the periods indicated in the school calendar.
The evaluation reports can be delivered by electronic means or the pertinent available means “respecting the sanitary measures issued by the competent authority”, points out the SEP.
It can also be done remotely, using information technologies or the means available at your fingertips.
In localities where it is not possible to deliver ballots through electronic means, it may be agreed with the school authorities of the campus the