How are grades determined in a severe needs classroom?

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  1. TIRCO

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    I would love to hear how people do it. We don't do typical assignments or tests so I don't know what to base my grades on. The previous teacher gave them all As but I don't know what she based it off of.
     
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    Here, evaluation would be based on progress toward IEP goals.
     
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    We don't give our students grades. The only work that is calculated is their IEP goals (such as if they reached 80% accuracy on a goal then they "passed"). What's the benefit of grading them if there are no tests?
     
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    We do evaluate them based on progress towards IEP goals but we are also responsible for putting a letter grade in the system for each student. Is no one else required to do that?
     
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    I was required to do this last year. I just gave them A's, unless a classroom teacher complained that it was unfair, in which case I gave them C's. It was based on next to nothing. I thought it was a ridiculous requirement. Since there was no guidance whatsoever, I just did whatever I wanted to do.
     
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    I've usually seen a different scale used specifically for MH classrooms, something like A for All goals met, M for Most goals met, etc.
     
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    Nope. Doesn't make any sense to just assign a grade if it doesn't represent anything. Do you mean like a letter grade for math or science or other subjects?
     
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    This is how ours are done in my district as well.
     
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    This sounds like what I'm dealing with. So frustrating! And in order to give them a letter grade, there have to be assignments entered in with scores. Grrr!! It's just not how my classroom works and I don't think it's fair to have to put a letter grade in when we are looking at completely different work and goals.
     
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    People NOT in SP ED do not understand so they want us to do ridiculous things sometimes. It adds to our workload and does nothing to benefit the students.
     
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    I've never given grades in a severe needs class. That's ludicrous.
     
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    I am going to do as I do in my one resource class (I am homebound S/P and one high school resource). Mine is based on willingness to participate and attention given to the activity. basically 5 to 10 on a ten point scale. Total refusal to participate earns you a 5, great work based on your skills and personal level, a 10. Average these and fit them into the grading scale. Rarely straight As, sort of like real life....that's what I do. I've been working with disabilities since 1977, classroom since 1991, Home bound about three weeks. Yes, flexibility is the key. (if you don't like your situation, wait a minute)
     
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    I do not teach special education, so my advice may not be applicable at all. Could you enter their progress toward their goals as their grade? For example, if they made a 70 on goal one, then enter the assignment worded from the goal, then enter a 70?
     
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    I made a work rubric for each period that was graded weekly. Did they complete their work? Did they follow directions? Did they "ask for help"? Did they use time wisely? And a space to write what we worked on. It was a simple yes/no. Total Yes responses divided by total criteria per week equals a percent grade. My paras helped me fill it out each period and it became part of our routine.
     

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