Board Policies


Adoption Date: Jun 15, 2002
Revision Date: Aug 08, 2007
2315 - GRADING

All students can and should be successful.  Achieving success is the responsibility of the learner with guidance from the teacher.  Grades are an evaluative tool for the learner’s benefit and a system of reporting learning progress to parents. Grades are to reflect the degree to which a student demonstrates his/her understanding of what is being taught.  Grades are to be objectively determined to the greatest degree possible.

 

Grades are to be criterion based rather than norm based, i.e. grades are based on the individual student’s understanding of course objectives rather than on comparisons with other students.

 

While attendance and/or behavior may affect achievement, it is achievement that is to be reflected in the grade except in those situations when a student is withdrawn from class due to excessive truancy per school attendance policy.

 

All curricula are to have written objectives to make achievement both recognizable and possible for students.  A consistency in determining grades is encouraged among teachers; therefore, communication among the staff is needed for the sake of clarity and understanding.

 

A variety of means may be used to evaluate the low ability student’s grasp of the course objectives; however, the grade is to reflect the degree to which a student demonstrates his/her understanding of what is being studied.  An example of an acceptable method of evaluation might be an oral quiz in lieu of a written examination required of other students.

 

Procedures for Evaluating and Reporting Student Progress

 

A.                The evaluation process shall include the use of multiple techniques, such as informal tests, standardized, and/or teacher-made tests, observation, written and oral presentations, classroom participation, and discussion.

 

B.                 Middle school and high school students will receive computerized report cards at nine (9) week intervals.

 

C.                 Middle school and high school students will be graded on the subjects in which they are enrolled.

 

D.                Course objectives are not to be considered minimum standards for grading but rather goals of instruction.

 

DESCRIPTION OF SECONDARY REPORT CARD MARKS

 

GRADE                      DEFINITION                                     CRITERIA

 

      A                           High Understanding of Course          As reflected in daily work, reports,

                                    Objectives                                           tests, examinations, assignments, etc.

 

      B                           Good Understanding of Course         As reflected in daily work, reports,

                                    Objectives                                           tests, examinations, assignments, etc.

     

      C                           Moderate Understanding of Course   As reflected in daily work, reports,

                                    Objectives                                           tests, examinations, assignments, etc.

 

      D                           Low Understanding of Course           As reflected in daily work, reports,

                                    Objectives                                           tests, examinations, assignments, etc.

 

      F                            Little or No Understanding                As reflected in daily work, reports,

                                    Course Objectives                               tests, examinations, assignments, etc.

 

      I                             Incomplete                                          Incomplete performance of daily work,

                                                                                                reports, tests, examinations, assignments,

                                                                                                etc.

 

DESCRIPTION OF ELEMENTARY REPORT CARD MARKS

 

Academic

1                                                        Not Yet Meeting Grade-Level Standards

2                                                        Sometimes or Inconsistently Meeting Grade-Level Standards

3                                                        Consistently Meets Grade-Level Standards

 

Effort Letter Grades

      N                           Needs Improvement

      S                            Satisfactory

      E                            Excellent

 

Parents and students must realize it is their responsibility and not the responsibility of teachers, to see that all make up work is completed within a period not to exceed two (2) weeks after the student’s return from an absence.

 

Parents and students should also realize that incomplete grades will not be given the last grading period of a school year.


 

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