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Ellis School Standards-Based Report Cards Middle School Program. October, 2009. The History of Grading.

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Ellis SchoolStandards-Based Report CardsMiddle School Program

October, 2009

The History of Grading

  • Grades are standardized measurements of varying levels of comprehension within a subject area. Grades can be assigned in letters (for example, A, B, C, D, or F), as a range (for example 4.0 - 1.0), as descriptors (excellent, great, satisfactory, needs improvement), in percentages, or, as is common in some post-secondary institutions, as a Grade Point Average (GPA). The GPA can be used by potential employers or further post-secondary institutions to assess and compare applicants. A Cumulative Grade Point Average is the mean GPA from all academic terms within a given academic year, whereas the GPA may only refer to one term.

Standard Based Grading

  • Standards-based grading measures what a student should know and be able to do at each grade level according to New Hampshire state content standards. Under the standards-based system, students are graded on their achievement on grade level expectations.

Report Card “Features”

  • Students will be assessed on how they have met the expectations (EE, ME, AE, BE)

  • The summative assessment will used to evaluate students on standards

  • Standards/Clusters listed for the trimester.

  • Students will also receive a letter grade

  • There will not be – or + for letter grades.

Report Card “Features” cont.

  • Letter grades will be based on all trimester assessments, formative and summative

  • Students will receive individual reports for each Trimester.

  • At the end of the school year, students will receive a final report which will include the third trimester report card along with an updated Trimester 1 and 2 report.

Report Card “Features” cont.

  • Students will have the opportunity to work on standards not mastered from the 1st and 2nd trimester.

  • If students meet expectations for standards reported out for Trimester 1 and 2, this will be acknowledged in the end of the year report.

  • Letter grades are reflective of work completed for the individual trimester. Therefore, letter grades earned for the trimester can not be changed.

  • Letter grades are not cumulative.

Report Card “Features” cont.

  • Students will NOT be assessed in Personal Development: Effort, Work Completion, Work Quality and Conduct.

  • Staff will use the PBIS standards of Responsible, Respectful and Prepared in evaluating Personal Development.

  • Staff will use the EE, ME, AE, BE grading legend when reporting out on Personal Development.


English 08B

Academic Performance 

Writing WorkshopME

Reading WorkshopME

Hairy Beast/MechanicsME*

Hairy Beast/MechanicsAE

Literature CirclesME

Personal Development


Work CompletionME

Work QualityME



Social Studies 08A

Academic Performance 



Personal Development


Work CompletionEE

Work QualityME



Physical Education/HealthB

Academic Performance 


Volley BallME

Team SportsAE

Plays well with othersME

Personal Development


Work CompletionME

Work QualityME


Assignment Assessing Standards in Language Arts






8th Grade Math

Collaborative Formative Assessments

“Collaborative scoring promotes fair and accurate determination of proficiency levels. Grades reflect student performance on summative assessments”

Common Formative Assessments

Ainsworth/Viegut Pg 13

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