Purpose, Guidelines & Implementation

Solon Community School District

Grading Purpose and Guidelines

Approved by the Board of Education in June 2012


PURPOSE:

The primary purpose of grading in the Solon Community School District is to communicate achievement status to students, parents and others.  


Secondary purposes of grading include:
  • providing feedback to students for self-assessment and growth
  • encouraging student progress and self-monitoring of learning

GUIDELINES:
  1. Entries in the grade book that count towards the final grade will be limited to course or grade level standards.**  
  2. Extra credit will not be given at any time.
  3. Students will be allowed multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of classroom standards in various ways.  Retakes and revisions will be allowed.  
  4. Teachers will determine grade book entries by considering multiple points of data emphasizing the most recent data and provide evidence to support their determination.
  5. Students will be provided multiple opportunities to practice standards independently through homework or other class work.  Practice assignments and activities will be consistent with classroom standards for the purpose  of providing feedback.  Practice assignments, including homework, will not be included as part of the final grade.    

**Exceptions will be made for midterm and/or final summative assessments.  These assessments, limited to no more than one per nine-week period may be reported as a whole in the grade book.  

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Implementation timeline:

Spring 2012 staff survey data indicated additional time and support were necessary before full implementation, therefore a two-year tiered implementation will take place. Solon teachers who are already implementing the grading guidelines as well as educators from neighboring school districts would lead building professional learning times (i.e. before school starts and afternoon of full in-service days) and half-day implementation summits to assist our teachers who need additional time and support.

2012-13

  • Professional learning at the middle school and high school focuses on implementing the grading guidelines.

  • Middle school and high school teachers implement the grading guidelines with at least one of their classes by the beginning of the 4th quarter.

2013-14

  • Middle school and high school teachers implement the grading guidelines in all classes at the beginning of the school year.
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Each of the grading guidelines is explained in more detail below.  [Intended audience: Solon teachers]

1. Entries in the grade book that count towards the final grade will be limited to course or grade level standards.


2. Extra credit will not be given at anytime.

3. Students will be allowed multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of classroom standards in various ways.


4. Teachers will determine grade book entries by considering multiple data points emphasizing the most recent data and provide evidence to support that determination.

5. Students will be provided multiple opportunities to practice standards independently through homework or other class work.  Practice assignments and activities will be consistent with classroom standards for the purpose of providing feedback.  Practice assignments, including homework, will not be included as part of the final grade.





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