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Grading System

In recent years, a great deal of research has been completed on instruction, assessment and grading. Best practices of differentiated instruction and assessment have enhanced our teaching. Diocese of Harrisburg believes that parents are the primary educators of their children; therefore our teachers are partners with the family in the educational process. As partners in Catholic education, it is important that ongoing communication regarding a student’s educational development be accessible throughout the trimester.

 

The Diocese of Harrisburg’s Grade Reporting System is comprised of multiple pieces of information including, but not limited to:

  • periodic progress reports

  • portfolio reviews

  • alternative assessments

  • parent conferences

  • standardized tests

 

The goal of a complete system is to maintain adequate information about a child’s growth over time as a student. This formal reporting document is only one piece of the complete system which assists in communicating knowledge of a student’s learning progress to all stakeholders: parents, students, colleagues and administrators.

 

Grade Report

As teachers review the Grade Report, they will see both subject areas (highlighted) and specific goals/standards.  Goals/standards based on the Diocesan Curriculum are listed under each subject area to be assessed.  Christian Values and Work Habits will be listed on all grade reports, using the marking code E, P, or I.

The subject areas to be assessed for each grade are as follows:

Kindergarten and Primary Marking Code

  • Religion (K & Primary) - E, P or I

  • Integrated Language Arts (K & Primary) - E, P or I

  • Mathematics (K & Primary) - E, P or I

 

E=Exceeds Expectations: The student learns independently and is able to accomplish new skills acquisition without support of the teacher.  The student is able to apply knowledge to new material and beyond, easily and independently.

 

P=Proficient: The student is able to accomplish skills with support of the teacher and classroom setting.   Application of newly learned material is achieved within standard measure of time.  The student easily works with new skills in a group setting but is not yet independent.

 

I=In Progress: The student at this level needs repeated practice over an extended period of time to acquire new skills.  The student is unable to apply new skill work independently or with group work.  The student often requires individual teacher support.

 

Please note that even though Art, Music, Physical Education, Technology, Social Studies and Science are not included in the Kindergarten and Primary Grade Report, these subject areas are to be integrated into the ILA and/or the Math curricula.

 

Intermediate Marking Code

  • Religion (grades 4 - 6) - A, B, C, D, or F

  • Integrated Language Arts (grades 4 - 6) - A, B, C, D, or F

  • Mathematics (grades 4 - 6) - A, B, C, D, or F

  • Science (grades 4 - 6) - A, B, C, D, or F

  • Social Studies (grades 4 - 6) - A, B, C, D, or F

  • Art (grades 4 - 6) - E, P or I

  • Music (grades 4 - 6) - E, P or I

  • Physical Education (grades 4 - 6) - E, P or I

  • Technology (grades 4 - 6) - E, P or I

 

The Marking Code for this area will be N if no plan is in place and E, P or I indicating the level of progress made toward the plan’s goals.

 

Academic Evaluations

A student earning an “A” in a course demonstrates exceptional mastery of the course objectives by:

  • preparing all assignments promptly, thoroughly and carefully

  • being quick and resourceful in utilizing suggestions

  • working independently

  • showing consistent interest and  initiative

  • demonstrating a high standard of commitment, clarity and application

  • showing leadership in learning

 

A student earning a “B” in a course demonstrates proficient mastery of the course objectives by:

  • preparing all assignments carefully

  • being conscientious and dependable

  • utilizing some suggestions

  • working independently

  • showing sufficient interest and initiative

  • demonstrating standards of commitment

  • using good study habits for routine assignments

 

A student earning a “C” in a course demonstrates basic mastery of the course objectives by:

  • preparing most assignments

  • requiring teacher direction and motivation

  • showing limited ability in following subjects beyond the minimum requirements

  • working on study habits

 

A student earning a “D” in a course demonstrates below basic mastery of the course objectives by:

  • not completing required assignments

  • consistently requiring direction and motivation from the teacher

  • not completing minimum requirements

  • lacking study habits

The “D” student needs to be assessed to a full extent and a LEARNING PLAN MUST BE developed for the student to succeed.

 

A student earning an “F” in a course fails to accomplish the minimum requirements for continued progress by:

  • failing to complete required assignments

  • not responding to direction and/or motivation from the teacher

  • showing no evidence of  study habits

 

The “F” student needs to be assessed to a full extent and a LEARNING PLAN MUST BE developed for the student to succeed.

 

In marking the skill under each content area labeled “Work Reflects Ability or Beyond”, use “Yes” or “No” to indicate progress.

 

This formal reporting document will be distributed three times during the school year. Each trimester will be comprised of approximately 12 weeks of instruction.  Midway through each trimester, a progress report will be sent to parents to update them on their child’s progress. Decisions on the format of the progress report are made at the school level.  Percentages are not to be used on the progress reports.

 

Curricular Areas

Kindergarten and Primary

For each term, teachers will be able to personalize the grades given for each curricular area to reflect a few specific major goals for that subject. The comment box should be used to explain specific content goals.  As an example, for Religion, a teacher may write, “Johnny can demonstrate the Sign of the Cross and recite the Hail Mary,” or “Johnny has demonstrated knowledge of the rite of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.”

 

In Kindergarten, for Integrated Language Arts, all skills are grouped as “Writing Skills,” “Reading Skills,” “Speaking Skills,” and “Listening Skills.  A checklist of specific skills on the Grade Report will be marked to indicate individual student skill levels.  Any additional information can be included in the comment box, if needed.  For example: “Kindergartners learned how to track words from left to right with their finger to follow as the teacher read.”

 

Mathematics will operate in a similar way.  For example, a comment for the comment box for the first trimester could be, “Johnny can count to 15.” In the second trimester, a comment could be “Johnny counts using ordinal numbers to 15.”  A comment for a child whose skill development is still “In Progress” could be, “Johnny continues to work toward the goal of counting ordinal numbers to 15. He is successful in counting to 12.”

 

In Primary, for Integrated Language Arts, a standardized instrument should be used to determine a student’s Reading Level. An example of an instrument would be DRA or DIBELS. You may note the reading level in the comment section of the report.  Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening skills are all included for evaluation.  Again, teachers should note specific skills in the comment box as needed.

 

Mathematics will operate in a similar way.  For example, a comment for the comment box for the first trimester could be, “Johnny knows all number facts with sums to 10.” In the second trimester, a comment could be “Johnny knows the value of all coins-- penny, nickel, dime and quarter-- in combination.”  A comment for a child whose skills are still in progress could be, “Johnny continues to work toward the goal of telling time by the hour and half hour. He is successful telling time by the hour.”

 

CHRISTIAN VALUES AND WORK HABITS is an area where collegial consultation with Special Area teachers (Art, Music, Physical Education, Library and Technology) would be important.  The following indicators could be used to describe student achievement.

 

Christian Values

  • Models Christian values

    • E= Provides a “Christ-like” model in all actions, in and out of the classroom.                     

    • P= Demonstrates knowledge of faith through action.

    • I= Demonstrates difficulty in modeling faith values.

  • Shows reverence during prayer and liturgy

    • E =Models and leads with reverence at all sacred occasions.

    • P= Demonstrates proper reverence and participation both during prayer and liturgy.

    • I = Demonstrates difficulty showing reverence during prayer and liturgy.

  • Accepts responsibility for actions

    • E =Is a positive role model; a leader in carrying out responsibilities and in accepting responsibility.

    • P =Demonstrates an attitude of responsibility for all actions; polite and mannerly.

    • I = Demonstrates difficulty accepting correction and responsibility for actions.

  • Practices Self-control

    • E = Assumes leadership in encouraging self and others to practice self-control.

    • P = Practices self-control in and out of the classroom; controls own responses to situations in a polite way and with a respectful attitude.

    • I = Demonstrates difficulty practicing self-control.

  • Observes rules of school

    • E = Is an exceptional role model in obeying the rules and encouraging others to do so.

    • P = Obeys classroom and school requirements.

    • I = Exhibits difficulty observing the rules of the school.

  • Show respect for self and others

    • E = Displays an attitude of “respect and support” for all faculty, staff, volunteers and schoolmates.  Encourages inclusion of all in activities and supports others in need.

    • P = Demonstrates respect in words and actions to all faculty, staff, volunteers and schoolmates.

    • I = Has difficulty showing respect for self and others.

  • Respects property

    • E = Cares for the school environment by demonstrating a respect for the property of others and encouraging others to do so.

    • P=Does not misuse or abuse others’ property including the school’s.

    • I =Demonstrates difficulty respecting others’ property including the school’s.

 

Work Habits

  • Uses time wisely

    • E = Completes all tasks well within prescribed time allotment, often with additional time allowing for self-selected activities.

    • P = Demonstrates the ability to use time wisely and to complete tasks on time.

    • I = Demonstrates difficulty in organizing time, completing activities and focusing on tasks.

  • Displays effort

    • E = Highly motivated to complete tasks in a neat and careful way; welcomes challenges that go beyond the required assignment.

    • P = Displays worthy attempt in all work and activities.  Shows care and neatness in completion of projects and daily work.

    • I = Demonstrates a lack of effort showing little motivation in completion of projects and daily work.

  • Works well in a group 

    • E = Assumes leadership in a group, in the role of facilitator; assists the group in achieving and working together; is a peacemaker and a problem solver.

    • P = Cooperates with others; does fair share of work in a group.

    • I = Demonstrates a lack of cooperation in working with others and in completing their fair share of group work.

  • Works well independently

    • E = Initiates work; works without disturbing others (student or teacher); seeks resources without direction or suggestion from the teacher.

    • P = Initiates work at the direction of the teacher; contacts the teacher at appropriate times; uses resources at the encouragement of teacher.

    • I = Unable to initiate work without multiple teacher directed prompts and demonstrates difficulty in seeking resources.

 

Intermediate – Grades 4 – 6

RELIGION - The content is aligned with the new curriculum and is more detailed than in the previous report card. Grading some areas will be more subjective than others.

  • Sacred Scripture - Understands Sacred Scripture as the inspired word of God

  • Creed - Demonstrates knowledge of the articles of the faith presented in the Creed.

  • Holy Mass and Sacraments - Demonstrates an understanding of the importance of Holy Mass and the Sacraments.

  • Christian Morality - Understands the precepts of Christian Morality

  • Prayer - Demonstrates an understanding of the significance of prayer in our lives.

  • Community and Service - Understands the importance of a commitment to community and service.

  • Assignments and projects completed – The student can complete assignments and projects are completed on time.

  • Work reflects ability and beyond –The student is self-motivated, shows he/she is applying himself/herself, and produces acceptable work.

 

MATHEMATICS

  • Algebraic Concepts – understands patterns, relations, and functions

  • Data Analysis and Probability – formulates questions that can be addressed with data, collects, organizes, and displays relevant data to answer the questions.

  • Number and Operations – understands numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems

  • Geometry – analyzes characteristics and properties of two- and three- dimensional geometric shapes and develops mathematical arguments about geometric relationships

  • Measurement – understands measurable attributes of objects and the units, systems, and processes of measurement

  • Problem Solving Strategies – builds new mathematical knowledge and applies and adapts a variety of appropriate strategies to solve problems.

  • Computes accurately and fluently – demonstrates accurate computing in all appropriate operations with ease and fluency.

  • Assignments and projects completed – The student can complete assignments and projects are completed on time.

  • Work reflects ability and beyond –The student is self-motivated, shows he/she is applying himself/herself, and produces acceptable work.

 

INTEGRATED LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Reads with Understanding -The student reads with fluency and expression to enable comprehension.  Uses appropriate strategies and applies them to a variety of genre.  

  • Responds effectively to literature – This may be done orally or in the form of reading response journals, literary dialogue journals, various book report projects, etc.

  • Acquires and uses new vocabulary - Grade appropriate vocabulary is acquired, developed and applied in both reading and writing.

  • Communicates effectively through writing – The student writes appropriately for the purpose and audience intended.  Writing reflects grade appropriate organization, focus and mechanics.

  • Writes legibly in cursive – Final products are written in cursive handwriting unless an accommodation recommended by a professional indicates printing is acceptable. Set a reasonable expectation for legibility.

  • Uses a variety of listening and speaking skills – The student is attentive to the speaker and follows directions easily.  Oral responses are clear and relevant to class discussions. Presentations show planning, organization and preparation.

  • Applies research, reference and study skills – The student uses effective note taking strategies; gathers, organizes, analyzes and cites information appropriately. The student uses study strategies resulting in testing well.

  • Assignments and projects completed – The student can complete assignments and projects are completed on time.

  • Work reflects ability and beyond – The student is self-motivated, showing he/she is applying himself/herself, and producing acceptable work.

  • The following may be used as references in identifying more specific skills in assessing students.

 

 

 

SCIENCE

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the content – The student demonstrates an understanding of the curriculum.

  • Applies Lab skills – The student understands the process for using knowledge and skills to acquire and apply new knowledge.

  • Practices Proper Lab Procedures – The student uses appropriate instruments and apparatus to study materials and use safety procedures for using such instruments.

  • Assignments and projects completed – The student can complete assignments and projects are completed on time.

  • Work reflects ability and beyond –The student is self-motivated, shows he/she is applying himself/herself and produces acceptable work.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the content – The student demonstrates an understanding of the curriculum.

  • Discusses Current Events – The student contributes to discussions about major news events; can respond in writing to questions concerning current events; includes local, national, and international events; can explain the impact of these events on their lives.

  • Maps and Globes – The student can describe the function and limitations of each; can explain and use latitude/longitude to find exact location; can use a map scale to calculate distances, can use the compass rose to identify the cardinal and intermediate directions and give relative location; can use the map key/legend to obtain information; can understand and use special purpose maps including, but not limited to population density, economic activity, resources distribution, contour and elevation; can read and understand bar and line graphs, histograms, charts, tables and diagrams; can identify and explain the use of “sun” line; can explain the effects of tide, rotation and revolution.

  • Research – The student can differentiate between primary and secondary sources, can navigate a search engine to locate sites with appropriate resources, can adequately paraphrase a source, can organize notes and expand them into a research paper, can write a   bibliography including annotation and can correctly cite a direct quote.

  • Assignments and projects completed – The student can complete assignments and projects are completed on time.

  • Work reflects ability and beyond – The student is self-motivated, shows he/she is applying himself/herself, and produces acceptable work.

 

ART

  • Use of materials – The student demonstrates proper use of materials.

  • Class Participation – The student exhibits a positive attitude of cooperation during class activities.

  • Assignments and projects completed – The student can complete assignments and projects are completed on time.

  • Work reflects ability and beyond – The student is self-motivated, shows he/she is applying himself/herself, and produces acceptable work.

 

MUSIC

  • Demonstrates an understanding of Music Theory - The student demonstrates an understanding of music theory.

  • Class Participation – The student demonstrates a positive attitude of cooperation during class activities.

  • Assignments and projects completed – The student can complete assignments and projects are completed on time.

  • Work reflects ability and beyond – The student is self-motivated, shows he/she is applying himself/herself, and produces acceptable work.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

  • Demonstrates an understanding of sportsmanship – The student demonstrates spirit of fair play and good sportsmanship.

  • Performs Skills - The student is cooperative in performing new skills.

  • Demonstrates cooperation and participation – The student is cooperative and respectful in class.  The student participates in all activities to the best of their ability.

  • Demonstrates proper use of equipment - The student demonstrates proper care and usage of equipment at all times.

  • Assignments and projects completed – The student can complete assignments and projects are completed on time.

 

TECHNOLOGY

  • Assignments and projects completed – The student completes assignments and projects on time.

  • Work reflects ability and beyond – The student is self-motivated, shows he/she is applying himself/herself, and produces acceptable work.

 

Instructional Support

This section should be used for all grade levels. (Kindergarten, primary, intermediate) Whenever the Student Support Team (SST) has developed a Learning plan, a “yes” should be placed in the corresponding box. Teachers should indicate with an “E”, “P” or an “I” whether the student has made adequate progress towards the plan’s goals.  If a learning plan is not in place during a particular trimester, the boxes would be left blank.