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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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Standard/Benchmark/GLE/Unit

English 08B

Academic Performance 

Writing WorkshopME

Reading WorkshopME

Hairy Beast/MechanicsME*

Hairy Beast/MechanicsAE

Literature CirclesME

Personal Development

EffortME

Work CompletionME

Work QualityME

ConductEE

Comment: 

Social Studies 08A

Academic Performance 

ConstitutionEE

EconomicsEE

Personal Development

EffortEE

Work CompletionEE

Work QualityME

ConductEE

Comment: 

Physical Education/HealthB

Academic Performance 

HygieneME

Volley BallME

Team SportsAE

Plays well with othersME

Personal Development

EffortME

Work CompletionME

Work QualityME

ConductEE


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Assignment Assessing Standards in Language Arts

B

ME

AE

ME

EE


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8th Grade Math


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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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