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Old 01-25-2008, 06:42 PM
 
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Just curious, what do your grading scales look like?

My son's:
100-94 A
87-93 B
76-86 C
75-70 D
70-0 F

My school: 100-93 A
92-85 B
84-77 C
76-69 D
69-0 F

What ever happened to 10 pt grading scales?? I was a non-traditional student and just graduated last year and most of my college courses had a 10 pt scale, so I'm a little confused as to why our children are graded so harshly. I'm just curious to see what other schools use.


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We just went to the 10 point scale this year. I don't particularly care for it. I think it is too easy. I personally like the 6 or 7 point scale better. In college you have fewer grades which make them count more. I just personally think that a 10 point scale for children doesn't make them accountable. I know that some kids have a hard time with test, etc, but I just don't like it. My daughter is on the 10 point scale, because she is in my class and she makes A's on things that I def. think should be a B. Just my opinion. The only thing I really wished is that everyone would use an across the board scale and not back and forth.
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I went through school on the one for your school. I think the 10 point system is absolutely a cake walk and you don't have to work for your grades. Since when is getting 70% considered "average"? That is more than a quarter of ALL questions wrong. I think the one that you list for your school is more than generous and kids need to be held to high standards. Our country has gone down hill with easy systems. (Graduated middle school: '97, high school '01 with that scale in Illinois).
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Maybe I'm just getting old....
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I see what you are both saying..I also went to school in IL, but a few years before you, jen. However, what frustrates me, I guess, is when teachers give 5-10 question tests/quizzes/assignments and there is no room for 1 error. I try really hard to make sure anything I give has at least 20 questions so my kids don't have to be "perfect" to get an A. Maybe I'm too lenient, or just too old!

I'm not really complaining, my son is a straight A student with a very occassional B. Just more curious to see what others think than anything.

Also, I don't think grading scales and getting more or less than 3/4 of all questions wrong is why our country has gone down hill....But, that's another post, so I won't go there.
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My school's grading system is as follows:
97-100 A+
93-96 A
89-92 B+
85-91 B
81-84 C+
75-80 C
70-75 D

Mzip, I agree with you about the five question quiz thing - that's too many points per answer. I do sometimes give 10 question quizzes, but I try to give more (like at least 15). I also take liberty in the scale with which I grade them (I might use a scale of 20 questions (5 pts each), even if the quiz has 15 questions; I do this if I think the quiz grades might be too harsh otherwise.)


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85- 100 - 3/Proficient
60-84 - 2/Nearing Proficient
1-59 - 1 Beginning Steps

I'm not crazy about it. This is the first year we've used this.
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For grades K-2, we use the following scale:

95-100 = +
75-95 = check mark
below 75 = -

I don't like it because parents can't see an improvement from a 75% check to a 90% check. The check mark is WAY too broad.
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We have the 90-100A, 80-89B, etc at my school. I like it and think it works just fine. Some of the others I see on here seem way too harsh.
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we're not allowed to use %. So...
1=not getting it 2= sort of getting it
3= getting it 4= past getting it ;-)
Now, isn't that much more clear !!! (heheheh)
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We use a levelling system (which I like) but then combine that with letters/percentages on report cards (Which I think is stupid - pick one system, already!)

We have a 4 level system:
4 - Beyond Expectations
3 - Meets Expectations
2 - Approaching Expectations
1 - Below Expectations

In letter grades (gr 1-6) it translates to:

4 - A
3 - B
2 - C
1 - D
You can give plusses or minuses based on which end of the level they are on for reporting.

And percentages (grade 7 and 8)
A+ (or straight 4s across a strand and subject) - 95
A 87
A- 82
B+ 78
B 75
B- 72
C+ 68
C 65
C- 62
D+ 58
D 55
D- 51
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We don't use letter grades at the elementary level.

E-Exceeds benchmark
M-Meeting benchmark
D-Developing towards benchmark
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We use a 4, 3, 2, 1, also which mean
4: Exceeds the standard
3: Meets the standard
2: Partially Meets the standard
1: Does not meet the standard....

It is so much better than just the old, average the kids grade to get a grade... It really looks at the growth of a student toward a standard over a period of time...
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Old 01-26-2008, 10:54 AM
 
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For K-2 our district did not want to "damage self-esteem" or make anyone feel like a "failure" so we went to a "non-graded" system. The following was given to us....with NO explanation of what the expectations were for each. So everyone did their own thing.

PS Progressing satisfactorily
ID Improving and developing
NH Needs Help

If those letters/grades make any sense to you, please let me know!

Well, guess what? The parents didn't get it either. So now there is a key on the bottom of the report card that looks like this:

PS Progressing satisfactorily (A-B)
ID Improving and developing (C)
NH Needs Help (D-F)

Is this making any more sense??? The traditional letter grades are based on a 10 point scale.

I really dislike this.
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Old 01-26-2008, 12:43 PM
 
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90 - 100 A
80 - 89 B
75 - 79 C
70 - 74 D
0 - 69 F

Personally, I think it is too easy for kids to get As and Bs.
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In grades K-2 students are graded:

E- Excellent
S- Satisfactory
N- Unsatisfactory

This can be very confusing because some teachers think that to get an E, all work has to be perfect.

For grades 3-5 students are graded:

93-100 A (7 points)
85-92 B (7 points)
75-84 C (9 points)
70-74 D (4 points)
0-69 U

I have never understood the discrepancy in the points scale. Why is there a 5 point difference in a C or a D? Does anyone know why this may be done? Is it because C is average and therefore a student has more chance of earning an average grade? But then why is it that D only has a 4 point window? I HATE grades!

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I teach 5th, and middle school starts at 6th here, so I try to bridge the gap-- we use a 4 pt rubric (1- well below, 2- approaching, 3- meeting, 4- exceeding). I also use a % grading scale and use the typical 10 pt scale, as the mid school does. So a 90-100 is a 4, exceeds. and so on. Many things are graded on a rubric, and I give the pt equivalencies so they get used to the grading scale for later. Some things (esp projects) are graded on a pt basis with a rubric, so they are given letter grades. It sounds confusing, but it really is not!
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For Pre-k and K, we use:
E=excellent
S=Satisfactory
N=Needs Improvement

For 1-5, we use:
100-90 A
89-80 B
79-75 C
74-70 D
69-0 F
No child is allowed to get below a 50 on the report card. So, I have one student with a less than 50 average so he gets and automatic 50 on his report card.
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