Meigs Academic Magnet
6th Grade Grading Policy
2013-2014
Grading Philosophy
*Grades will reflect student mastery of grade level content standards.
*A separate grade will be given for overall effort using the effort rubric (see below).

Grading Procedures
*Overall grades will be based on work products that address grade level standards.
*Categories in Grade Speed will mirror the standards.
All numerical grades in literacy (formerly language arts) will be summative (resulting from assessments of skills that have been practiced in class and/or for homework). They will be categorized in accordance with the new Common Core Curriculum:
1. Reading
2. Language
3. Writing
4. Vocabulary
5. Listening/Speaking
*Within each category, grades shall be determined and recorded using multiple forms of assessment including but, not limited to:
-Projects/ Presentations
-Performance Tasks
-Summative Assessments
-Portfolio Assessments
-Written Performance
Students may have additional opportunities to demonstrate proficiency (rescores) scheduled at the teacher’s discretion. Parents, students, and teachers will have a visual of the rescores recorded in Gradespeed. They will be indicated with a "R". Rescores must be completed no later than one week prior to the end of each nine weeks grading period unless there are extenuating circumstances noted by the teacher.

"INC" will be entered into Gradespeed to alert parents and students that there is insufficient evidence to determine level of mastery. Zeros will not be included in grade determinations as punishment (for a behavior like cheating). Instead, there will be other negative consequences for the actual behavior and the student will be reassessed to determine real achievement.

Although penalties for late work will not be considered when determining grades, teachers will hold students accountable for completing work in a timely manner. This will be most strongly reflected in a student’s Effort/Conduct Grade. A consistent low Effort/Conduct Grade could result in revocation from Meigs Academic Magnet.

There will be a category of assignments called homework/classwork that is formative practice. Formative practice is work assigned to help your child practice concepts taught in class without fear of receiving low numerical grades on assignments he/she may not fully understand. The scores assigned to Formative Practice will range from 1 - 4, with 4=above standard; 3=meets standard; 2=nearing standard; and 1=below standard. These scores will not be averaged into your child’s numerical report card grade. They will only impact his/her report card “Effort Grade.”

Students’ scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment will make up 10% of the student’s yearly (final) average in the subject areas of mathematics, reading/language arts, science, and social studies.
Grading Legend
A = 100-93
B = 92-85
C = 84-75
D = 74-70
F = 69-50
I = Incomplete (INC)

Effort Grade:
4 points (above standard)
-Consistently does assigned tasks without prompting and always perseveres when challenged
-Consistently remembers what to bring home and what to bring to class (ex: books, paper, binder, pencil, agenda, homework, etc.)
-Consistently participates in class discussions and always shares meaningful and relevant information
-Consistently works well independently, with a partner, in a small cooperative group, and in a whole class setting
-Consistently takes advantage of self-improvement opportunities

3 points (meets standard)
-Usually does assigned tasks without prompting and usually perseveres when challenged
-Usually remembers what to bring home and what to bring to class (ex: books, paper, binder, pencil, agenda, homework, etc.)
-Usually participates in class discussions and usually shares meaningful and relevant information
-Usually works well independently, with a partner, in a small cooperative group, and in a whole class setting
-Usually takes advantage of self-improvement opportunities

2 points (nearing standard)
-Sometimes does assigned tasks without prompting and sometimes perseveres when challenged
-Sometimes remembers what to bring home and what to bring to class (ex: books, paper, binder, pencil, agenda, homework, etc.)
-Sometimes participates in class discussions and sometimes shares meaningful and relevant information
-Sometimes works well independently, with a partner, in a small cooperative group, and in a whole class setting
Sometimes takes advantage of self-improvement opportunities

1 point (below standard)
-Rarely does assigned tasks without prompting and rarely perseveres when challenged
-Rarely remembers what to bring home and what to bring to class (ex: books, paper, binder, pencil, agenda, homework, etc.)
-Rarely participates in class discussions and rarely shares meaningful and relevant information
-Rarely works well independently, with a partner, in a small cooperative group, and in a whole class setting
-Rarely takes advantage of self-improvement opportunities