4th Quarter Grading Plan K-12

4th Quarter Grading Plan K-12
Posted on 05/01/2020
4th quarter grading plan

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Grading is considered a positive tool to indicate achievement and development in each subject. With the many changes as a result of the mandatory school closure until the end of the school year, Rondout Valley Central School District’s goal and attention is to assist and support students for not only the remaining weeks of school but for the long term.

In determining a best course of action for evaluating student work during this closure and remain mindful of the fact that this school closure presents many challenges to families and students (as well as teachers) as we observe the quarantine orders from the governor. Therefore, we have made an effort to develop a rating system that will not negatively impact the grades on students’ report cards/transcripts. The final quarter of the 2019-20 school year is about maintaining the daily familiarity of faces; the space for valuing discovery, learning, and discussing ideas; and participating in and belonging to a community. The RVSCD will be using the following grading process for the 4th quarter.

 

Grading for Elementary Students (Grades K-3):
Realizing the complexities created by learning from home and being generous given our circumstances, Elementary students' progress will be rated from N-4 and comments will provide more information.

4: High level of schoolwork completion and participation, participation in all areas

3: Frequent participation and work completion in most areas

2: Some participation and work completion

N: Not covered

NE: Not evaluated

 

Grading for Intermediate Students (Grades 4-6):
Pass with Distinction: High level of schoolwork completion and participation, participation in all areas

Pass: Frequent participation and work completion in most areas

NE: Not Evaluated

 

Grading for Secondary Students (Grade 7-12):
Students are expected to participate in all their classes by completing their check-in assignments, submit assigned work and take any assessments that are being provided. This is to ensure that students are exposed to and completing the required curriculum in each subject area (on their schedule) so that course credit can be awarded towards graduation. The first three marking periods will contribute to the student’s GPA. Quarter 4 grades will not have any bearing on the student’s GPA, however it will be used for promotion requirements to the next grade level course. In instances where a student’s numeric grade for the third marking period is below passing, students may earn a passing grade for the course as a result of their passing work during distance learning. Note: College Courses will adhere to the grading policy set forth by the affiliated college.

We believe that students' efforts should be recognized and valued. This alpha grading is an attempt at capturing a student’s participation in online learning as well as their achievement and this is opposed to a straight numerical grade that would just quantify a student’s ‘achievement’ without taking into consideration that it is online learning in a difficult situation. This rubric is designed to allow flexibility in bridging “task completion” which is a combination of accuracy and student effort.

 

A

Exceeds Course Standards

90-100

  • Completed all assigned tasks at a high academic level.

  • Student has an understanding of all the concepts and therefore could demonstrate mastery of all of them.

  • Participation was consistent.

B

Meets Course Standards

80-89

  • Completed or attempted to complete a majority of aspects of the tasks at a satisfactory academic level.

  • Student has an understanding of a majority of the concepts and therefore could demonstrate mastery of a majority of them.

  • Participation was consistent.

C

Moderate Proficiency in Course Standards

70-79

  • Completed or attempted to complete many aspects of the tasks at an inconsistent academic level.

  • Student has moderate understanding of the concepts and therefore could demonstrate mastery of a moderate number of them.

  • Participation was somewhat consistent.

D

Attempts Course Standards

60-69

 

  • Completed or attempted to complete few of the aspects of the tasks with a degree of difficulty.

  • Student has a limited understanding of the concepts and therefore could not demonstrate mastery of them.

  • Participation lacked consistency.

F (55-59)

Work not attempted


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