Grading question...

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  1. jlj

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    Grading question-grading papers right now...

    in first grade do you give zeros when a child misses all on a test? According to our curriculum they get a 50%. But from what I understand teachers of other grade levels would give a zero, they go by the standard grading scale, not the suggested curriculum grading scale.
     
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    Does your school's first grade give a letter grade to the students?
     
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    What kinds of tests are you giving in first grade?
     
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    Yes, beginning the second qtr. they get letter grades.
    Our curriculum - they have a weekly test in math, handwriting and a combo phonics/language/spelling (usually 6-10 of the 15 words on their weekly word list), and oral reading evals
    We also give a regular spelling test which includes all words on the weekly list, social studies/science (very basic), and 2nd semester some written reading/lang. specific to their readers

    I know, I know, it's ALOT!!!!
     
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    When I give a test, if a student gets a 0 on the test, that is what I enter into the gradebook.

    However, my district is looking to go with something more like Marzano's grading scale...not sure what it will look like yet. Is there a way that you could rank each score based on 1-4 and then assign a percentage grade.

    1-has little to no understanding of the concept (0-50%)
    2-has basic understanding of the concept (51-69%)
    3-has average understanding of the concept (70-80%)
    4-has above average understanding of the concept (81-100%)

    Then use these to assign grades.....
    1-50%
    2-69%
    3-80%
    4-100%
     
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    Our school uses:
    90-100 A
    80-89 B
    70-79 C
    60-69 D
    0--59 E
     
  8. Mrs.DLC

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    We do.But, I know our writing has gone to lowest score being 50%, though.( I feel that is not fair to someone who scores 55!!)For example, A gets 11/20 correct=55%. B scores 0/20=50%. But, if it is policy you'll probably have to adhere.
     
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    When I taught first grade, I did give zeros! That sounds ridiculous to give them a 50% when they got them all wrong. It seems very deceptive and unfair.
     
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    myKroom - I agree! I'm just curious as to what others do.
     
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    1st grade in my school does not give standard letter grades. Students are given something similar to not meeting, meeting, and exceeding.
     
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    My school does give letter grades in first grade. I give them what they earn. If they earn a 0 I give a 0. Some teachers in the past inflated grades and then could not retain students because it looked like they were doing better than they actually were.
     
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    It's very hard for a child to recover their grade with a zero, and the chance of them actually not knowing anything is slim. In third grade, we will usually give them another copy of the test, with the ones circled they need to re-do in order to earn back some credit, or sit with a child and verbally ask them the same questions.
     

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