Standards-Based Grading

ACES and Thomas Edison Middle School believe that report cards need to communicate what students are expected to know and be able to do both academically and behaviorally. This new system is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, the CT State Standards, and the ACES curricula. This standards-based report card allows us to define the target standards for each grade and determine to what degree students are progressing toward them.


How does the standards-based report card compare to the letter grade system?

Letter grades measure how well students do in comparison to their classmates. The standards-based report card measures how well an individual student is doing in relation to the grade level standards and the School Wide Expectations.  This gives parents a more accurate picture of their child's strenths and weaknesses in each subject.


How are the standards determined?

Subject area standards are set for each grade level by the Common Core Standards and the CT Department of Education. A student's ability to meet the learning standards will be determined by both their oral and written work.

Behavioral standards were modeled after the School Wide Expectations as well as the common routines and procedures to which students must adhere to ensure academic success. The behaviors being assessed are  Effective Use of technology, Homework, Daily Class Performance, and School Wide Expectations.

Each student will receive a grade for each of the subject areas and behavioral standards.


 

Class Content Scoring Rubric


Class Content
Descriptors
1. Limited Understanding Student work currently demonstrates a limited understanding of the skills and content being taught.
2. Growing Understanding Student work demonstrates a growing understanding of the skills and content being taught.
3. Solid Understanding Student work demonstrates a solid understanding of the skills and content being taught.  Student can apply concepts to practiced situations.
4. Advanced Understanding Student work demonstrates an in-depth understanding of skills and content being taught.  Student is able to apply concepts to situations not practiced.

Homework:
Completes Homework as Directed, Demonstrates Effort, Submits on Time.
R. Rarely Work is rarely completed.
I. Inconsistent Work completion is inconsistent or meets only some of the requirements.
C. Consistent Work consistently meets all of the requirements.
L. Leader Student goes beyond the requirements to demonstrate mastery and/or is able to assist others.

Respect for Self:
Be Prepared (Including Your Charged Laptop), Participate in Class, Complete In-Class Assignments, Use your Quiet Voice,  Transition Quickly (Be on Time)
R. Rarely Student rarely demonstrates these abilities.
I. Inconsistent Student shows the ability to do these things, but not consistently.
C. Consistent Student consistently demonstrates these abilities.
L. Leader Student not only consistently demonstrates these abilities, but also helps others and positively influences the class through their participation.

RESPECTFUL FOR OTHERS:
Take Responsibility for Your Own Actions, Use Kind Words, Stay on Task (Do Not Distract Others), Be a Role Model, Keep Hands, Feet and Objects To Yourself
R. Rarely Student rarely demonstrates these abilities. Behavior interferes significantly with the classroom learning environment.
I. Inconsistent Student inconsistently demonstrates these abilities and needs frequent reminders.  Behavior sometimes interferes with the classroom learning environment.
C. Consistent Student consistently demonstrates these abilities independently and is a positive contributor to the learning environment.
L. Leader Student meets and models these abilities for others.  Positively enhances and influences the learning environment.

RESPECT FOR COMMUNITY:
Help Other Students, Be Patient, Have a Positive Attitude, Walk , Show Consideration, Clean up After Yourself
R. Rarely Student rarely demonstrates these abilities.
I. Inconsistent Student shows the ability to do these things, but not consistently.
C. Consistent Student consistently demonstrates these abilities.
L. Leader Student not only consistently demonstrates these abilities, but is a role model for others.


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