Temporary Distant Learning Grading Frequently Asked Questions

HOW WILL MY STUDENT’S GRADE BE CALCULATED? 

 

Teachers in grades 1-12 will use the first three-quarters grades to calculate an average grade for each class a student is enrolled in (HS using Block Scheduling will use Q3 only).  This average will be used in the student’s grade for online instruction when calculating a final 4th nine weeks grade, UNLESS, a student achieves a higher grade during online instruction while working at home.  The lowest grade a student will officially receive for their work in online instruction is the average of their previous 3 quarters (for Block HS’s this is just Quarter 3). If a student’s grade during distance learning falls below the average of the first three quarters, then we will use the average of the first 3 quarters as the official grade for the student’s online instruction grade.   If we are able to return to traditional classrooms to finish out the school year, grading will resume as normal with either the online grade or the average of Q1, Q2, Q3, whichever is higher, included as an appropriate part of when calculating a 4th Quarter Grade.

 

WHAT STUDENT WORK WILL YOU BE USING FOR GRADES WHILE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED? 

 

Each level will use the following grading guidance:

 

Primary School Grading

 

  • Kindergarten students do not receive grades, feedback will be given to parents concerning their child’s progress in mastering the Kindergarten curriculum. 
  • 1st grade students will be given short lessons in ELA and math.  Limit work to about 20 - 30 minutes or less per day; this time frame should include any teaching video (The video should not be an additional 30 minutes.) 
  • 2nd-3rd grade students will be given short lessons in ELA, math and Social Living.  Limit work to about 20 - 30 minutes or less per day; this time frame should include any teaching video (The video should not be an additional 30 minutes.) 
  • 4th grade students will be given short lessons in ELA, math, science and social studies.  Limit work to about 20 - 30 minutes or less per day; this time frame should include any teaching video (The video should not be an additional 30 minutes.) 

 

For all grades 1-4, grades will be collected in each of the listed subject areas using short assignments for grades and a participation grade with teacher feedback on progress.

 

  • 5th grade students will be given short lessons in ELA, math, science and social studies. Five grades will be collected in each of these subjects using short assignments for grades and a participation grade with teacher feedback on progress.

 

Middle School Grading

 

Completion of the following will be used for 4th Quarter grades:

ELA

  • Reading and responding to a variety of texts, writing assignments.
    • These assignments can be teacher made as well as curriculum based.
  • Any other work submitted as requested by the teacher which may include reflection logs/activities, projects.

Math

  • Fluency activities and solving real-world math application problems that include critical thinking and problem solving.
    • These assignments can be teacher made as well as curriculum based.
  • Any other work submitted as requested by the teacher which may include reflection logs/activities, projects.

Science

  • Reading and responding to a variety of science specific texts, writing assignments and hands on activities that explore science as inquiry
    • These assignments can be teacher made as well as curriculum based.
  • Any other work submitted as requested by the teacher which may include reflection logs/activities, projects.

Social Studies

  • Reading and responding to a variety of texts that include primary and secondary sources as well as writing assignments around history, civics, geography and economics.
    • These assignments can be teacher made as well as state resources.
  • Any other work submitted as requested by the teacher which may include reflection logs/activities, projects.

PE/Electives

  • Cross-curricular activities such as reading and responding to a variety of texts, writing assignments, and math application problems.
    • These assignments can be teacher made as well as curriculum based.
  • Any other work submitted as requested by the teacher which may include reflection logs/activities, projects. 




 High School Grading

 

Below are some different means of assessing high school students via distance learning. You MAY see some of the platforms/software used depending upon the course. Regardless of the platform, students will be given explicit directions for access, and teachers will be available to troubleshoot and problem solve where needed.

  • Google Classroom or Other Daily/Weekly Online Learning Platforms
  • Quizzes, Practice Tests and Tests
  • Reading Assignments & Written Summaries
  • Live Collaborative Discussions and Discussion Boards
  • Virtual Labs
  • Independent Projects

 

WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE QUESTIONS AROUND GRADING? 

 

If a parent has questions about grading, please communicate with your child’s teacher.  Teachers have the most accurate details regarding your student’s academic progress. If you need additional help, please reach out to your child’s principal. The principal and teacher are working together in the best interest of your child and are able to provide information and support options for every student