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New District Grading Policy

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2017 - 2018 Grading Policy

 

Purpose of Grading

 

To communicate an accurate evaluation of what a student knows and is able to do according to grade level state standards.

Grading will be a consistent and ongoing monitoring of individual student growth for both teachers and students to reflect upon learning.



Background Information

 

Peoria Public Schools is working on developing a growth mindset for our students. Having a growth mindset is defined as thinking about learning

as continuous and demonstrating the perserverance needed to successfully learn the standard. We like to say if something has not been learned, it has

just not been learned yet. This is all part of a larger focus we have on raising the academic rigor in our District.

 

The Peoria Public Schools grading committee met in the spring of 2017 to discuss the changed grading procedures and what might need adjusted

based on student, parent, teacher and administrator feedback. The Superintendent of Schools approved the changes as they reflect a

focus on continuous learning and growth. The information below outlines the new grading procedures. This information may be slightly

different from what we have in our school handbooks and calendars.

 

The below information outlines the new grading procedure.

 

  1. Semester Grades instead of Quarter Grades

We are moving away from looking at learning as timebound because students learn at different rates. By eliminating the quarter grades, students have more time to learn standards. The quarter system assumes that learning is of equal weight at the beginning of the year to the end of the year. This should not be the case. As learning is taken to deeper levels, students should be moving to more complex learning as the year progresses. Final grades for students in first through eighth will come at the end of each semester and the two semester percents (%) will be an average for an end of year grade. High school students will have a final grade at each semester. (Kindergarten uses a standards based report card which already demonstrates growth throughout the year).

 

  1. Grade Reports & Calendar

Grade reports will be made available every four weeks throughout a semester. The final report card for first semester will come at the end of the former quarter two and second semester at the former quarter four. Please use the calendar below for reference.

 

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

September 19th

Progress Report #1 

February 13th

Progress Report #1 

 October 13th

Progress Report #2

March 16th

Progress Report #2

October 19th and 20th

Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 22nd and 23rd

Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 21st

Progress Report #3

April 24th

Progress Report #3

December 21st

Semester #1 Final Grade

May 24

Semester #2 Final Grade

 

 

 

 

  1. Grading Scale

Grade

Percentage

Points

Mastery Level

A

90-100

5

Student has exceptional mastery of topic

B

80-89

4

Student has good mastery of topic

C

70-79

3

Student has acceptable mastery of topic

D

60-69

2

Student has partial mastery of topic

F

50-59

1

Student is not demonstrating any mastery of topic

 

40

0

No evidence of learning available

 

Grades will be organized into categories with the assigned weight for each.

 

Kindergarten – Standards Based Reporting

Mastery of Standard

Progressing Towards Mastery of Standard

M

P

 

First through Eighth Grade

Summative

Projects, Tests, Performances, Essay, etc.

Formative

In-Class Individual Work, Small Quizzes

Homework

60%

35%

5%

 

High School

Summative

Projects, Tests, Performances, Essay, etc.

Formative

In-Class Individual Work, Small Quizzes, Homework

Midterm Exam

Required; Failure to Complete

is a zero

Final Exam

Required: Failure to Complete

is a zero

65%

15%

10%

10%

In first through twelfth grades, if a student puts forth a good faith effort but still does not earn a minimum percent, the student will be issued a 50%. If a student puts forth no effort, the student will receive a 40%. For high school students, on Midterm and Final Exams, students who do not attempt in good faith to complete the exam, will be issued zeroes (0%).

Late assignments will have 10% taken off each day up to a week. If the assignment is never completed, a score of 40% will be assigned.

 

In Summary

We hope you and your child find this new grading procedure beneficial and are able to realize the improvement to your child’s path of continuous learning and growth.

If parents/guardians have questions, please check in with your child’s teacher first. If an issue cannot be addressed to your satisfaction, please contact your school’s principal.