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Old 08-23-2015, 04:35 AM
 
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My school requires me to assign numerical grades to students' work in first grade. In kindergarten, they just get their work back with a smile or check mark if it's completed properly. They have standards based report cards in kindergarten too.

Mostly, I'm unsure of how to give reading and writing grades. Any ideas on what assignments would make good work samples for grading?


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Do you have a reading curriculum? We use Reading Street and it provides writing rubrics for us to use. I grade spelling tests and reading comprehension tests based on the number correct. If you can, you can download egrader on your phone if you have a smart phone. It's quick and easy to use. I think parents like to see a score rather than a check, this way they can equate their child's progress in that specific area. Not sure what you would grade on reading other than the basal reading comprehension tests or benchmark tests. I do take a fluency rate for my higher students and then as students progress continue to monitor their fluency throughout the year.

Reading Rockets has a great article: Down below it has a section on assessment.

http://www.readingrockets.org/lookin...iting_sample_1
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We use Lucy Calkins Workshops for Reading and Writing.

For reading we use exit slips based on the lesson taught that day for daily classwork grades. These consist of a whole or half sheet where they write the learning goal for the day and then answer 1-2 questions. Example: Last week we talked about ways to read a book. Their exit slip was a page with lots of pictures of behaviors and they had to color the three that were ways to read a book.

We also use Reading Behaviors Rubrics and Running Records. Once we get a bit futher into the year they will also have reading comprehension tests based on stories we've read and phonics skills we've learned.

For writing we grade with rubrics as well. Some for writing behaviors and some for grading actual writing samples. We also grade daily language which assesses grammar skills.
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Wow, I guess we have it easy. We really don't do grades unless we want to. We only input the required BAS testing (reading assessment) twice a year which also has writing in it to be assessed and the Reading benchmarks. I am no expert on everything you have to do, I feel your pain! I implement various informal assessments such as exit slips or quick written assessments based on current topic. Can they write a complete sentence with proper punctuation and grammar? Can they recall facts just taught?

Where do you put their exit slips then? In a student folder? Seems like you have it under control based on your schools requirements... yuck I know it's all for the best, but they are in first grade not fifth. I think informal assessments say just as much as formal assessments.
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Our grading policy is a bit crazy.

Per quarter we are required to have for Reading and Math: 25-45 homework grades; 25-45 classwork grades; 7-10 quizzes and 2-3 assessments

Writing, Science and Social Studies require less, but still similar numbers.

That's the same for every grade level, k-7.


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Determining a Reading Grade
To determine the report card grade, the teacher uses a combination of graded assignments and the
studentís instructional reading level.
First, generate the numerical average of all graded assignments using the following weights:
Component Weight
Tests/Quizzes 40%
Class Work (written or oral work completed
during class)
30%
Participation (verbal and non-verbal
engagement in class activities)
20%
Homework 10%
_____________________
100% total

Im modifying it in the following manner:
Determining a Reading Grade

First, generate the numerical average of all graded assignments using the following weights:
Component Weight
Tests 45%
Quizzes such as spelling assessments, vocabulary, facts assessments 20%
Class Work (written or oral work completed during class) 15%
Participation (verbal and non-verbal
engagement in class activities)
10%
Homework 10%
____________________
100% Reading Grade

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Do you have any examples of these exit slips that you wouldn't mind sharing? They sound interesting for reading!
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Here is an early exit slip. We did this the 2nd or 3rd week of school. Sometimes they are multiple choice, sometimes they are short answer, just depends on the result we are looking for.

This was after we taught the First 20 Days lesson about re-reading books.
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