2420P Procedure - Grading and Progress Reports

Standards-Based Learning and Grading
Grades should communicate students’ knowledge and skills. Standards-based learning, assessment, and grading focuses on the connection between academic expectations (standards) and the level of proficiency demonstrated by students. Tasks assigned to students are aligned to district and state standards and allow teachers to track progress, give feedback, and adapt instruction to ensure students meet proficiency.
Standards-based grading performance descriptors:
The standards-based grade book and report card will communicate to students and families the student’s progress toward proficiency in a set of predetermined standards grouped into domains.
The performance descriptors used at the elementary level are as follows:
4    Advanced
3    Proficient
2    Developing
1    Significant gaps in learning
0    No evidence of learning
Additional marks are available for the report card which include:
3 –             Proficient in the part(s) of the standard that has been taught (used in elementary only)
ME            Missing evidence
NA            Not assessed during this grading period
Modified Standards have been modified to meet the current instructional level based on Individual                              Education Plan.
In grades K-6 for 2020 and transitioning to 7th grade in 2021 and 8th grade in 2022, grades will be reported on the report card by domain, to communicate relative proficiency and areas of need.
This will be reported in numeric form (0, 1, 2, 3, 4) without letter grade conversion (A, B, C).
In graduation credit-bearing courses (high school and select 7th/8th grade courses), requirements to provide a letter grade for the course on the standardized transcript require letter grade calculations. They are as follows: grades will be reported on the report card by domain, as to communicate relative proficiency and areas of need. Cluster scores are then averaged to create an overall score for the course which is converted to a letter grade using this conversion table:
SBG Grade
Letter Grade
SBG Grade
Letter Grade
4.0 – 3.8
2.7 – 2.5
3.7 – 3.6
2.4 – 2.2
3.5 – 3.3
2.1 – 2.0
3.2 – 3.0
2.9 – 2.8
The grade point averages for grades 9-12 shall be calculated in the following manner:
  1. Each student’s grade point average shall be the sum of the point values of all the marks/grades received for all courses attempted divided by the sum of the credits for all courses attempted. The grade point value shall be calculated by multiplying the numerical value of the mark/grade earned by the number of credits assigned to the course.
B.   The numerical value of grades are:
A   = 4.0
C+ = 2.3
A-  = 3.7
C   = 2.0
B+ = 3.3
C-  = 1.7
B   = 3.0
No credit = 1.6 or less
B-  = 2.7
F = 0.0
The minimal passing mark/grade is C- = 1.7. Pass/fail, credit/no credit, and satisfactory/unsatisfactory marks may also be used. These non-numerical marks/grades shall be clearly identified and excluded from the calculation of grade point average.
C.   Marks/grades for each course taken shall be included in the calculation of grade point averages. Only the highest mark/grade for a class/course taken more than once to improve a mark/grade shall be included in the calculation of grade point averages. Marks/grades for recurring classes shall all be included in the calculation of grade points. Grade point averages shall be rounded to two decimal places and reported for each trimester/semester or other term and for the cumulative credits earned for all courses attempted in high school.
D.   The standardized high school transcript shall contain:
  • The student's name (last name, first name, and middle name or middle initial);
  • The student's current address, address at graduation, or address at withdrawal from school (street, city, state, zip code);
  • The student's birth date and sex;
  • The student's identification number (if applicable);
  • The school's name;
  • The school's address (street, city, state zip code, and telephone number);
  • The dates of the student's entry, reentry, withdrawal, and graduation (if applicable) related to the school issuing the transcript;
  • The student's academic history for high school (grade level and date of course completion, course titles, marks/grades earned, credits attempted, and grade point average);
  • The name and address of parent(s) or guardian(s) (street, city, state, zip code) if such information is available;
  • A list of previous high schools attended (school name, address, city, state, and month and year of entrance and exit); and
  • The signature and/or seal of the authorized school official (name, title, and date).
Date: 7/08/08
Revised: 9/14/10; 2/09/21