GRADING GUIDELINES FOR VENUS PRIMARY AND

VENUSELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

 

As students progresstowardmastery of the skills andconcepts of the Venus Independent SchoolDistrict’s curriculum, teachers should use various indicators to monitor and assess this progress. Indicators may include any or all ofthefollowing:


·       teacher observations based on specific criteria

·       class discussions

·       oral interviews

·       projects

·       demonstrations

·       checklists

·       textbook tests

 

·       cooperative learning groups

·       daily practices

·       compositions

·       homework

·       book reviews / reports

·       teacher-made tests

·       research products

 

 

The above lists addressstrategies that may be used to monitor and assess progress. As this document will clarify, it is notrequired that grades be assigned every time progress is assessed and feedbackgiven.

 

GRADING SCALE

Pre-KindergartenandKindergarten

The indicators ontheprogress report/report card should be marked using the codes below:

S = Successful

P = Progressing

N = Needs Attention

 

Grades 1 through 5

The grading system for VenusIndependent School District Primary and Elementary schools is as follows

This scale applies to reading/language arts,mathematics,science, and social studies (Music and PE in grades 2-5 only):

 

          90-100   A

          80-89      B

70-79     C

0-69       F

 

Conduct grades for all grades will bebased on work habits and socialbehavior, as well as student progressand will be marked as follows:

 

E = Performs at excellent/above standard consistently

S = Performsat standard expectations consistently

N = Performsslightly below standard expectations, but with continuous progress

U = Performs consistentlyat beginning or below standard expectations


ASSIGNMENT OF SIX WEEKS GRADES

The assigningof agrade in a particularcourse should reflect a student’s mastery of the skills andcontent of thecourse. Six weeks grades shall be assigned according to the following criteria:

1.  Forty percent (40%)of a grade shall be basedon summativeactivities such as major projects and tests. Before a summative(major) grade is assigned, theteacher is to have adequatelytaught the concept and thestudent is to have had sufficient opportunity tomaster the concept being evaluated. Thisprocess includes using appropriatechecks for understanding, guidedpractice, and independent practice before summative assessment. Major or long term projects should be closely monitored and assigned two or three formativegrades at set intervals prior to the summative grade.If a project or assignment meritsmorethan one summativegrade (multiplegrades), eachgrade shouldrepresent a differentcomponent of the project.

                    Example:

                   Grade 1 Content                        Grade 2 Format                      Grade 3 Organization

Recordingthe same grade multiple times is not acceptable. This includes oneteacher recording the samegrademultipletimes or more than one core teacherrecordingthe same grade. Each time a grade is recorded,it is to apply to a specific component ofa project. Initial assignment anddiscussion of long termprojects mustinclude an explanation of thecriteria that will be used for evaluating the assignment(rubric). Major tests shall be scheduled and communicatedto the students at least three class days in advance.

2.  Sixty percent (60%)of a grade shall be basedon formativeactivities such as class work,daily assignments andquizzes. These gradesshould be a balanced representation of thetypes of work completed during the course of the six weeks-grading period.  Course assignments and unit evaluation shall be given to determine student gradesin a subject. An average of 70 orhighershall be considereda passing grade.

3.  Music andphysical education grades should only reflect a student’s progress on curriculum goals. Behavior and conduct arenot to be included in the subjectreportcard grade. Behavior and conduct for music, andphysical education will be addressedthrougha citizenship portion of thereport card for each of these areas.

 

GRADES RECORDED EACH SIX WEEK PERIOD

Daily Grades

Test Grades

Reading/Language Arts

At least 10 (2 per week)

At least 2-3 (one each two week period)

Math

At least 10 (2 per week)

At least 2-3 (one each two week period)

Social Studies

At least 5 (1 per week)

At least 2 (one each three week period)

Science

At least 5 (1 per week)

At least 2-3 (one each two week period)

PE/Music

Based on progress of classroom/curriculum goals

 

1.  Ateacher shall reteach and retest aclass when 30% or more of that class has failed a summative assignment or examination. Theteachershall record the average of the two grades earned,not to exceed a 70.  Reassessment must occurwithin ten instructional daysof the original assessment.

2.  Whenless than 30% of a class has failed any assignment or examination(other than homework)that is recorded for a grade, individualstudents may beprovided the opportunityto make-up or redo theassignment or examination. The teacher shall record the average of thetwo grades, not to exceed a70.

3.  After the second grade of “0 is assigned to a studentin agrading period, the parents must be contacted.If the problem persists, a student-teacher-parentconference is required.

 

 

COMMUNICATION TIMELINES and REVIEW OF MATERIALS

1. All student work shall be assessed and feedback given. Work that is graded shall be recorded inthe district electronic gradebook and returned within five (5)school days of the date receivedby theteacher, with the exception ofbenchmark tests and other district created assessments or State assessments. (See #2in this section regardingan exception to this timeline.)

2. Projects/papers shallbe graded andreturned within the samegrading period that theyare completed and submitted to the teacher.

3. Students shall have the right toreview their tests. All tests given shallbegraded,returned and recordedwithin five(5) school days of the date the test was administered, with the exception of benchmarktests and other district created assessments or State assessments.

4. Upon student/parent request,students shall have all graded tests (including testquestions) returned for their personal records. Exceptions will be district-created assessments and State assessments. Thesetests may be reviewed at theparent’s request by thestudent and the parents.

 

HOMEWORK

Homeworkshouldbe evaluated in a timely manner andused as a method to provide studentswithspecific feedbackon theirperformance of theassigned tasks. Homeworkis assigned for reinforcementof skills and concepts taughtin class.

 

LATE WORK

When an assignmentis submitted after a deadline, a maximum penalty of ten (10) points perclass meeting may be deducted from the grade.

Latework will be accepted for a grade until the last day of the grading periodin which the assignment was made Teachers may acceptlate work until the last day of the gradingperiod, but any grade givenwill follow the proceduresoutlined above.

 

MAKE-UP WORK

Allstudents shall beallowedto make up workwhen they are absent from class.  Students shall have a time equalto days absent from class tocompleteall missed assignments.

 

PROGRESS REPORTS and PARENT CONFERENCES

1.  At everythree-week interval, progress reports will be given to every studentin grades 1-5. Studentsare to return the progressreport signed bya parent.

2.  If a progress report isnot returned withintwo days ofthedistribution of progress reports,the teacher will initiate parent contact foranystudent whose average is 75or below.

 

PROMOTION, RETENTION,AND AWARD OF CREDIT

Curriculum Mastery

Promotionand course creditshallbe based on masteryof the curriculum.Expectations and standards for promotion shall be established for each grade level,content area, andcourse and shallbe coordinatedwith compensatory/accelerated services. [See EHBC]

 

Standards for Mastery

Masteryshall be determinedas follows:

 

Kindergarten:

In kindergarten, promotion to the firstgrade shall be based on 70% mastery of all grade-level skills and objectivesnecessary for success at the next grade level (Texas Essential Knowledge andSkills) and shall also be validated by assessments that may either beincorporated into unit or six-week assessments; or may be administeredseparately which will determine these following additional minimum criteria forpromotion:

1.       studentsshall be able to identify all letters,

2.       studentsshall be able to identify 80 percent of letter sounds,

3.       studentsshall be able to identify numbers to 20,

4.       studentsshall be able to score 75 percent or better on the final sight word assessment

 

Grades 1-2:

In grades 1-2, promotion to the nextgrade level shall be based on an overall average of 70 on a scale of 100 basedon course-level, grade-level standards (essential knowledge and skills) for allsubject areas and a grade of 70 or above in each of the following areas:  reading, language arts, mathematics, science,and social studies.

 

The student must also be in attendancea minimum of ninety percent (90%) of the required student school days.

 

A student may not be promoted who hasaccumulated more than the allowable number of absences for the year.

Special education studentswill be evaluated for success according to the achievementof the Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals and masteryexpectations.

 

 

REQUIRED ATTENDANCE FOR GRADING

1.  New students shallbe enrolled in VISD for atleast fifteen (15) school daysin order to receive report cardgradesfor the gradingperiod in whichthey enrolled.

2.  The parents of students who do not receive report card grades are to have communicationfrom the teacher

(Regarding the child’sprogress/transitionto that point) in the form of a note, telephone call orformal conference. Theteacher shall keep a recordof such communication.

3.  For students who did not attendVISD schools all year, everyeffortshould be made to obtain grades from theprevious school(s)attended so that the final average willreflect the total year's performance. These shall betranscribed into the electronic gradebook. In addition, attendance records shouldbeobtained when possible to provide fora fully informed analysisof the student’sperformance.

 

TRANSFER GRADES

Some transcripts from outside of Texas reflect an alpha grade and not a numericgrade. When this occurs, theregistrar will transcribethe letter grade to a numericgrade as indicated below:

A+

100

B+

89

C+

79

D+

69

F

60

A

95

B

85

C

75

D

65

 

 

A-

90

B-

80

C-

70

D-

60

U

50

An exception to this is if a transcript from an outside district recordsa 65 as passing. In this event a grade of70 will be used.

TUTORIALS

Allstudents are eligible for tutorials. Parentsof students who meetoneof the following criteria shall be notified on the report card ofthe need for tutorials:

§  Grade average ispassing but whose performance inmathematics orreading/language arts isbelowexpectations for the child’scurrent grade level;

§  Gradeaverageis failing.

Fordocumentation purposes, studentattendance at tutorials will be recorded.

 

CONDUCTGRADES

Conduct gradesreflect student behavior during a six-week period. The followinggrade designations will beused.

 

E (Excellent)

S (Satisfactory)

N (Needs Improvement)

U (Unsatisfactory)

 

A U” mustnot be given unless the teacherhascontacted the parentAND discussed the unsatisfactory conduct grade with a campus administrator.