GRADING POLICY for KINDERGARTEN to GRADE 5 (Elementary)

GRADING POLICY
Elementary (Kindergarten to Grade 5)
September 2018

Students’ grades are evaluative and descriptive tools that help communicate what they have learned.  The following guide conforms to New York City Department of Education/District 20 policies.

Quarterly Marking Periods

Marking Period begins

Mid-quarter

Report Card distribution

Parent-Teacher Conferences

September

September 27

November 19

November 27, 2018

November 1

December 22

February 11

Tuesdays, by appointment

February 1

March 8

April 8

March 26, 2019

March 30

May 8

Last day of classes

Tuesdays, by appointment

 

“How is my child doing?”

Families are highly encouraged to review their children’s assignments, classwork, and tests, regularly throughout the trimester, including listings on Pupil Path:  https://auth.casenex.com/users/sign_in

Families may request an appointment for a Tuesday afternoon (2:30-3:00 PM) throughout the year which must be confirmed by the teacher.

Late assignments are due two weeks prior to the report card distribution date. 

Each September, teachers review the grading policy during the family welcome evening.

REPORT CARDS

Report Cards in the elementary grades (Kindergarten thru Grade 5) use percentages for
English Language Arts (combining 50% of the Reading score with 50% of the Writing score),
Mathematics,
Science,
and
Social Studies:

Classroom Exams               45%
Classroom Participation   30%*
Homework and projects  25%___________
Possible Total Score in the Subject area:  100%

*Participation includes
team activities and engagement (15%);  having required materials (10%);  and individual tasks (5%).

For other subject areas, report cards use Pass/Fail scores.

Student mastery is also reflected in the following performance levels:

Level 4, excels at grade level standards:          92% -100%
                                    High 4  98%-100%
                                    Mid 4   95%-97%
                                    Low 4   92%-94%
Level 3, meets the grade level standards:       80% - 91%
                                    High 3  88%-91%
                                    Mid 3   84%-87%
                                    Low 3   80%-83%
Level 2, approaching grade level standards:  65% - 79%
                                    High 2  75%-79%
                                    Mid 2   70%-74%
                                    Low 2   65%-69%
Level 1, far below grade level standards:        Below 65%
                                    High 1  63%-63%
                                    Mid 1   61%-62%
                                    Low 1   60% or lower

For all subject areas, 65% and above is passing.

 

In the rare situation that a student has not had the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the course content and skills due to extenuating circumstances, NYC Public Schools may award one of following special marks as a grade on the Report Card:

  • In cases when a student has a documented, extreme extenuating circumstance that prevents him/her from completing the course in its established timeframe (e.g., surgery, death in the family)—approved by the school— receives a temporary listing of “NX” (No credit – Incomplete). A student who receives an incomplete must successfully complete remaining course requirements by the end of the term following the termination of the course in order to receive a final grade and credit, as applicable.  
  • Students who enroll in a course after it has started may have missed assignments or assessments needed to generate a complete course grade for a given marking period. These students may be given a grade of “NL” (No credit – New Student). ‘NL’ does not have a pass/fail or numeric equivalent. Students who receive a mark of ‘NL’ must successfully complete remaining course requirements by the end of the term following the termination of the course in order to receive a final grade and credit, as applicable.
  • A grade of ‘NS’ is given to a student who fails to attend a course and does not participate in any of the work from which a grade can be derived. ‘NS’ has a pass/fail equivalent of fail and a default numeric equivalent of 45—after students have been given reasonable chances to make up missed work and their absences are so chronic that only a failing mark is appropriate.

Inquiries about grades are made directly to the subject teacher. 
After classes end for the term, inquiries are made through the parent coordinator (by the last weekday of June).

Promotional decisions are aligned to New York City Department of Education policies.

The June Report Card includes both the final quarter’s score as well as the overall average/final course grade for each subject for the school year (in the last column).

End Note
This grading policy shall be reviewed annually as well as whenever NYC DOE and/or District 20 policies are revised.

GRADING POLICY for GRADES 6, 7, & 8

GRADING POLICY
Grades 6, 7, & 8
September 2018

Students’ grades are evaluative and descriptive tools that help communicate what they have learned.  The following guide conforms to New York City Department of Education/District 20 policies.

Quarterly Marking Periods

Marking Period begins

Mid-quarter

Report Card distribution

Parent-Teacher Conferences

September

September 27

November 19

November 27, 2018

November 1

December 22

February 11

Tuesdays, by appointment

February 1

March 8

April 8

March 26, 2019

March 30

May 8

Last day of classes

Tuesdays, by appointment

 

“How is my child doing?”

Families are highly encouraged to review their children’s assignments, classwork, and tests, regularly throughout the trimester, including listings on Pupil Path:  https://auth.casenex.com/users/sign_in

Families may request an appointment for a Tuesday afternoon (2:30-3:00 PM) throughout the year which must be confirmed by the teacher.

Late assignments are due two weeks prior to the report card distribution date. 

Each September, teachers review the grading policy during the family welcome evening.


REPORT CARDS

Report Cards in grades 6, 7, & 8 use percentages for all subject areas:

Classroom tests and quizzes:  50%
Projects:  25%
Homework:  15%
Classwork:  10%_________________________
Possible Total Score in the Subject area:
  100%

In grade 6, minor subjects meeting less frequently may receive a Pass/Fail grade.

For all subject areas, 65% and above is passing.

In the rare situation that a student has not had the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the course content and skills due to extenuating circumstances, NYC Public Schools may award one of following special marks as a grade on the Report Card:

  • In cases when a student has a documented, extreme extenuating circumstance that prevents him/her from completing the course in its established timeframe (e.g., surgery, death in the family)—approved by the school— receives a temporary listing of “NX” (No credit – Incomplete). A student who receives an incomplete must successfully complete remaining course requirements by the end of the term following the termination of the course in order to receive a final grade and credit, as applicable.  
  • Students who enroll in a course after it has started may have missed assignments or assessments needed to generate a complete course grade for a given marking period. These students may be given a grade of “NL” (No credit – New Student). ‘NL’ does not have a pass/fail or numeric equivalent. Students who receive a mark of ‘NL’ must successfully complete remaining course requirements by the end of the term following the termination of the course in order to receive a final grade and credit, as applicable.
  • A grade of ‘NS’ is given to a student who fails to attend a course and does not participate in any of the work from which a grade can be derived. ‘NS’ has a pass/fail equivalent of fail and a default numeric equivalent of 45—after students have been given reasonable chances to make up missed work and their absences are so chronic that only a failing mark is appropriate.

Inquiries about grades are made directly to the subject teacher. 
After classes end for the term, inquiries are made through the parent coordinator (by the last weekday of June).

Promotional decisions are aligned to New York City Department of Education policies.

The June Report Card includes both the final quarter’s score as well as the overall average/final course grade for each subject for the school year (in the last column).

End Note
This grading policy shall be reviewed annually as well as whenever NYC DOE and/or District 20 policies are revised.