Your Grading Scale

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  1. uclalum

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    Katenar's thread about report cads sparked an interest about grades. What kind of grading system do you use? Is it letters or numbers? We use numbers on a 4 point scale. It makes grading easier but I hate it because the parents don't understand it.

    Here it is:

    4-advanced
    3-proficient
    2-partially proficient
    1-far below proficiency

    However, out school hasn't set a standard for what proficient means:eek: Some teachers set 70% as proficient while others say 80% is proficient. For a 2 I have seen everything from 60-79%, 50-79%, 50-74%, etc.
     
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  3. shasha379

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    Numbers and letters.
    100-90 A
    89-80 B
    79-71 C
    70 D
    below70 F

    A numerical grade is on the 4.5 week progress report, and a letter grade is on the 9wk report card.
     
  4. Go 4th

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    Ours is the same as Shasha. The county is going working on implementing "standards based" report cards. Not sure how that will be.
     
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    ours is the 4 point scale also

    our parents don't understand it and for some reason it changes back to letter grades when they hit middle school
     
  6. sherri0318

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    Ours is (1st grade through 12th is all the same)

    93-100 = A
    85-92 = B
    74-84 = C
    66-73 = D
    0-65 = F
     
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    90-100 = A
    80-89 = B
    70-79 = C
    60-69 = D
    59 or below = F
     
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    Wow--below 70 is an F! 60-69% is a C here. Below 50% is an F.
     
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    All of NC has the same scale (if I am not mistaken- everyone I know in NC uses this ridiculous scale- can you tell I HATE it?!)
    93-100 A
    85-92 B
    77-84 C
    70-76 D
    0-69 F
     
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    Yep. We only have one grade for a D. Anything below is an F.
     
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  12. uclalum

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    Isn't it crazy that a child can be passing but move to another state and be failing? This makes me so mad. No consistency!:mad:

    I am really curious how other schools are instructed to grade the children. Please keep the posts coming:)
     
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    Our school has a schoolwide policy...

    100-95 A
    90-94 A-
    88-89 B+
    85-87 B
    80-84 B-
    78-79 C+
    75-77 C
    70-74 C-
    66-69 D+
    60-65 D
    59 and Below F

    It's very detailed... But parents have no room to complain.
     
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    This has been a school wide policy and this year I believe it will be a district wide policy.

    Above Grade Level:
    A+ 100%
    A 99%-92%
    A- 91%- 90%

    Slightly Above:
    B+ 89% -87%
    B 86%-83%
    B- 82%- 80%

    At Grade Level:
    C+ 79%-77%
    C 76%-73%
    C- 72%-70%

    Below Grade Level:
    D+ 69%-67%
    D 66%-63%
    D- 62%-60%

    Consistently Below Grade Level:
    F 59% or less
     
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    Our grading scales:
    (K-5/6-8)
    93-100 A
    85-92 B
    70-84/75-84 C
    60-69/65-74 D
    59/64 and below F

    We have standards based report cards, so for each standard we also mark:
    * Advanced
    + Proficient
    / Basic
    - Needs improvement

    The standards are harder to mark because as someone else mentioned not everyone agrees what separates the different levels.
     
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    We're in the same boat!!!! 4 numbers, and I have seen all kinds of stuff for a 2 also. We're not even consistent within the building :( I have been pushing for that for years. It annoys me that in one class (not even necessarily consistent in the grade level) they could get a 70 as a 2, and the next year it's a 3, or worse, the other way around-what does that say to parents?
     
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    In Portugal (you will be surprised!)

    grades 7 to 9 (and grades 5 and 6, I think?)

    90 - 100% Very Good (5)
    79 - 89% Good (4)
    50 - 69% Sufficient (3)
    20 - 49% Mediocre (2)
    0 - 19% Bad (1)

    Passing grade is 3.

    grades 10 to 12

    17,5 - 20 Very Good
    13,5 - 17,4 Good
    9,5 - 13,4 Sufficient
    4,5 - 9,4 Mediocre
    0 - 4,4 Bad

    Passing grade is 10.
     
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    You don't even have to move to a different state. Many of our districts have different grading scales. :confused:
     
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    Ours is district wide - 4th grade and above -

    90-100 A
    80 - 89 B
    75 - 79 C
    70 - 74 D
    69 or below F
     
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    Our grading policy became standardized last year. Everyone uses:

    “A” denotes excellence and mastery at a superior level. Hallmarks of this work or synthesis, originality, clarity, and depth. In grades K – 3 this grade is an “E”.

    “B” denotes mastery of concepts and skills. Work at this level indicates strong understanding at a foundational level. In grades K – 3 this grade is a “G”.

    “C” denotes adequate work. Work at this level shows some
    acquisition of basic skills and concepts, but not mastery. In grades K – 3 this grade is “S”.

    “D” denotes inadequate work. In grades K – 3 this grade is “N”.

    “F” denotes failure to meet the minimal requirements of an
    assignment.

    Plus (+) and minus (-) may be used will all grades.



    Grading Scale

    A+ 100%
    A 94 – 99%
    A- 90 – 93%
    B+ 88 – 89%
    B 84 – 87%
    B- 80 – 83%
    C+ 78 – 79%
    C 74 – 77%
    C- 70 – 73%
    D+ 68 – 69%
    D 64 – 67%
    D- 60 – 63%
    F 59% and below
     
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    South Carolina is the same way. I like the 10 point scale best.
     
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    In K-2 at our school, we use symbols/letter:

    +- Consistent performance
    S- Satisfactory performance
    /- Needs improvement

    I think it needs a bit of work, personally...

    Our 3-8 uses a system similar to the one sherri038 listed above, only our A starts at 94.
     
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    Perfect example. Same state, but different grading scale.
     
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    Oh yeah, I didn't even mention primary. Grades K-2 also use a +, +/, /. /-, - scale instead of giving out grades.
     
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    Who else is outraged at the inconsistency? It bothers me that my district doesn't think this is a problem. Our own school doesn't even set a standard.
    Last year a student transferred to me from the other 5th grade class. Her grades were worse in my class because I think 50% should be a 1 but her previous teacher gives students at 50% a 2.

    I asked my principal for her opinion and she wasn't any help. She said that 80-100% was a 4 (advanced) but that I should talk to my grade level. :eek: Then she rushed me out of her office.
    ummm...80% is NOT advanced!
     
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    Our school doesn't give grades, but occasionally kids will want them. I only grade math tests, and this is the scale I use:


    Grading Scale

    A+ 100%
    A 94 – 99%
    A- 90 – 93%
    B+ 88 – 89%
    B 84 – 87%
    B- 80 – 83%
    C+ 78 – 79%
    C 74 – 77%
    C- 70 – 73%
    D+ 68 – 69%
    D 64 – 67%
    D- 60 – 63%
    F 59% and below
     
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    County standard is:
    94 - 100 A
    86 - 93 B
    78 - 85 C
    70 - 77 D
    69 and below F

    Conflicting grades:

    What do you give if a child scores below 50 on a test? Grade school (K - 5) gives a 50. Handbook shows 0-69 as failure grades for middle and high school but principle in middle school says no grade below 50.

    What do you give if child doesn't hand in work? Once again, seems to be conflict w/in school. I feel they should get 0 if not handed in and 70 if handed in late. Admin still says 50. SOme teachers do the zero thing, some do the 50.
     
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    Ours is

    A: 95-100
    B: 85-94
    C: 84-75
    D: 74-70
    F: 69 and below
     
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    I give a 0 if they don't turn in classwork. We are not allowed to count homework against any academic subject area. They have a separate spot on the report card for homework. We just correct it, but don't grade it.
     

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