Standards-Based

Assessment & Grading Handbook

Policies for Achievement

1. The primary purpose of grading is to communicate to a variety of audiences the achievement of students as an outcome of NYS/CCLS.  Student achievement will be a pure measure of skill acquisition against defined curriculum outcomes.  Work habits and effort will be reported separately.

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2. Late work will not be penalized by reducing the grade based on student achievement.

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3.   A teacher is not required to offer extra credit in any given course.  If extra credit is offered all students in a grade level must be given the same opportunity and must be aligned to the learning standards.

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4.   Academic honesty is a core value at OAES.  If work is submitted that is not a demonstration of the student’s own work or sharing of his/her work(plagiarism/cheating), then curriculum expectations have not been met.  A student found in violation of academic dishonesty will be re-assessed to demonstrate evidence of learning.

                

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5.   Attendance is a behavior issue and will not be used in determining achievement grades. Attendance will be reported separately.  Regardless of the reason for students absences, make up work and late assignments will be accepted to ensure those students are provided with equal educational opportunities.

        

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6. Cooperative learning is a valuable instructional tool for developing life skills, but is not an assessment tool.  Students will be given ample opportunity to work collaboratively, but will be assessed individually.

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Policies for Organizing Evidence

1. Grading is fair, meaningful, and consistent across grade levels and content areas.  Teachers determine grades based on individual achievement of content standards. Grading descriptors will be used to communicate student achievement. Grades are determined based on evidence from accurate and common assessments.   Use extreme caution when calculating final grades.

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Grading Descriptors

4 – Consistently demonstrates knowledge; understands, applies, and extends concepts and skills that have been taught

3 – Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of concepts and skills that have been taught

2 – Demonstrates basic knowledge and understanding of concepts and skills that have been taught

1 – Beginning to demonstrates basic understanding of concepts and skills that have been taught  

X – Not taught yet

/ - Insufficient evidence

* --  Based on modified standards (with 1-4)

ME-- Medical Excuse

Policies for Supporting Student Learning

1. Use only Summative data as evidence of student achievement.

         

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                Formative Assessments- assessments FOR learning.

                Summative Assessments- assessments OF learning.

2. Students are included and play a key role in assessments and grading to promote achievement.

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Homework Policy:

The Oakfield-Alabama Elementary School allows our students to shine by making efficient use of time during the school day. Our goal is for families and children to spend time together by participating in a variety of activities, in addition to scholastic ones, in order to develop the total child. Weekly practice will be assigned for students to continue their learning at home. Students are encouraged to set weekly goals for themselves to promote intrinsic motivation. Through the habits of Beginning with the End in Mind and Putting First Things First, students are able to manage time and take responsibility for their own learning.

Teachers will communicate frequently the learning which is taking place in the classroom.

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  1. Exploration:  student initiated or teacher encouraged learning based on current content and standards

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If parents are looking for more specific or additional practice, they are encouraged to reach out to their child’s teacher.

Due to missed class time from related services (OT, PT, Speech, counseling) or music lessons, teachers will do their best to catch them up in class. When the need arises, the teachers will reach out to administration for extra support.

Vacation Homework Policy:

Family vacations are special times, but we ask that you please consult the school calendar when making your vacation plans. Student achievement and classroom attendance are positively related. We cannot duplicate what happens in the classroom by only making up written work. Formal assignments will not be compiled in advance for extended absences.  Those assignments that can be completed outside the classroom environment will be accumulated and saved by the teacher for your students. Upon return, the student will be asked to complete them at home with parental assistance.  Although every effort will be made to see that your child gains the needed learning, teachers are not expected to create additional assignments or remedial instruction for students who miss school as a result of vacation scheduled during school time.

Legal Absence:

Students are occasionally absent from school due to personal illness, medical appointments, family emergencies, a death in the family, religious observance, etc.  If the parent/guardian believes the child is capable of doing work during the absence, the assignments must be requested by 10:00 AM.  Parents/guardians are asked to indicate if the work is to be sent home with another child (suggest name) or picked up in the office at dismissal.  If the teacher deems the student can complete the work independently, all assignments can be picked up at the end of the day.  If there is no work to be picked up, the parent/guardian will be notified by 2:00 PM.