Dec 082011
 

Cons of traditional grading

  • Inconsistency between teachers on what factors are included in grades
  • Inconsistency between teachers on what weight each grade receives
  • Achievement grades often include behaviors and efforts

Essential Questions

  • What do students need to know and be able to do?
    • District Curriculum
    • State Standards
  • How will we know they have learned it?
    • Formative Evaluation: Assessment for learning – checking learning along the way; teacher-made quiz
    • Summative Evaluation: Assessment of learning – final check – include on report card; consistent between schools

Change in thinking

  • Teachers teach to the test – because the test is the culmination of what they have learned.
  • Explain to students what is expected.
  • Behaviors, attendance, effort is separated from achievement grade.

Achievement Marks

Symbol
Definition
4
Exceeds: Student demonstrates a thorough understanding of facts, concepts, and/or principles, making in-depth inferences, applications, and connections
3
Meets: Student meets grade level expectations with minimal teacher support.
2
Approaching: Student is developing and often depends upon teacher for assistance.
1
Area of Concern: Student is not meeting grade level expectations.

 

Effort Marks

Symbol
Definition
E
Excellent: Consistently and independently demonstrates behaviors, attitude, & effort toward the goal.
S
Satisfactory: Generally demonstrates behaviors, attitude & effort toward the goal with a few reminders.
N
Needs Improvement: Needs frequent reminders to demonstrate appropriate behavior, attitude or effort toward the goal.

 

Grading Scale – applicable for 4th & 5th only

Grade
% Cutoff
Rubric Eq.
A+
100
4
A
93
3.8-3.9
A-
90
3.4-3.7
B+
88
3.1-3.3
B
83
3.0
B-
80
2.6-2.9
C+
78
2.1-2.5
C
73
2.0
C-
70
1.6-1.9
D+
68
1.1-1.5
D
63
1.0
D-
60
.6-.9
F
Less than 60
Less than .6

 

Report Card K, 1, 2, 3

Fine Arts Music
1
2
3
4
Effort
E
S
Knows the elements and expressive qualities of music
4
3
Understands how works of music are produced through creating and performing
3
3
Recognizes the role of music in everyday life, past and present
4
3

 

Report Card 4, 5

Fine Arts Music
1
2
3
4
Overall
A
A-
Effort
E
S
Knows the elements and expressive qualities of music
4
3
Understands how works of music are produced through creating and performing
3
3
Recognizes the role of music in everyday life, past and present
4
3

  3 Responses to “Standards-Based Grading”

  1. Beth we love you! Eagle County Colorado music teachers really appreciate your blog!

  2. This has saved me!

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