Grading

Assignment Grading

Most assignments, including tests, are graded on a point basis. This numeric score is recorded in the grade book. Those numeric scores are then turned into percentages for the purpose of grades on the report card.

4 – Advanced (91-100%)
3 – Proficient (78-90%)
2 – Basic (67-77%)
1 – Below basic (0-66%)

  • I do not assign letter grades, i.e., A, B, C, D, and F.
  • You are not graded on a curve. How well you do depends on how well you demonstrated your learning against the standards, and not on how anyone else in the class did on the same assignment.

Performance-Level Descriptions

These descriptions come from the standards-based report card.

  • Below Basic - The performance shows unsatisfactory understanding of the grade level standard. The performance is below grade-level expectation.
  • Basic - The performance does not show consistent understanding of the grade level standard. The performance is below grade-level expectation.
  • Proficient - The performance shows competence, mastery, and understanding of the grade level standard. The performance meets grade-level expectation.
  • Advanced - The standard shows in-depth understanding of the grade level standard. The performance exceeds grade-level expectation.

Homework Grading

Most homework assignments are graded on a credit/no credit basis. Credit is assigned if you: (1) complete the assignment, (2) turn it in on time, and (3) have marked the assignment with your full name, first and last, and your student number. If those three criteria are not met, then no credit is marked in the grade book.

Some homework assignments, such as spelling, are graded. Your spelling homework makes up the majority of your spelling grade. I correct some grammar homework assignments to give you feedback on how well you did that assignment. I will tell you if that assignment will be recorded in the grade book; most are not.

Major Writing Assignments

Major writing assignments, i.e., narrative, response to literature (book report), research paper, and persuasive essay, are graded with a number rubric. This number rubric is aligned with the scale above: 4 – Advanced, 3 – Proficient, 2 – Basic, and 1 – Below basic. You will receive a number score on the rubric for each of the standards that go with that writing assignment. When the writing is assigned, you will be given a rubric so that the criteria on which you will be graded is clear to you.

Social/Personal Development and Work Habits

Here are the five areas on the report card for which students will also be given grades:

  • Completes homework
  • Keeps self and others safe
  • Handles transitions well
  • Willing to take risks
  • Resolves conflicts

Key Terms

These terms and their definitions come from the standards-based report card.

Assessment
The ongoing process of gathering data and giving feedback about a student's performance for the intended purpose of identifying a student's strengths and weaknesses, improve and guide instruction, and document student progress.
Performance Level
This indicates a student's level of understanding and/or performance based on the California Department of Education standards set for a particular grade level.
Benchmark
The performance level a student demonstrates toward mastering a standard when he or she is tested throughout the year.
Standards
A statement that identifies what a student should be taught and be able to do by the end of the school year. Learning Standards for each content area subject (English-Language Arts, History/Social Science, Mathematics, and Science) and grade level are identified in the California Standards and Frameworks. These can be viewed at the California Department of Education web site. Please note: Standards are intended to determine what students should know and be able to do by the end of a particular grade. Performance levels are set according to the progress a student is making towards mastering those standards.
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