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Newport News Public Schools

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Grading Scale (Student Evaluation)

Elementary School  |  Middle School  |  High School

This information has been excerpted from Section IKA-P of "Policies and Procedures, Newport News Public Schools" with additional information provided by Academic Services.

New grading scale to take effect in 2013-14 school year.
 

Elementary School

First Step through Second Grade:

S = Satisfactory, Meets grade level standards
P = Progressing, Making progress but not meeting grade level standards
U = Unsatisfactory, Not making progress, not meeting grade level standards

Grades 3-5 Core Content Key:

Through June 2012: Effective September 2013:
A = Excellent (92-100%)
B = Above Average (83-91%)
C = Satisfactory (74-82%)
D = Below Average (65-73%)
F = Unsatisfactory (Below 65%)
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = 59% and below

The following is excerpted from Section IKA-P of "Policies and Procedures, Newport News Public Schools:"

Students in First Step through grade 5 will receive a comprehensive report card at the end of each marking period providing information to parents about the student's performance level, achievement, work-study habits, attitude and behavior, attendance, and any other comments the teacher may wish to make.

The report card for First Step through second grade will reflect progress through the primary program.

The codes for marking the primary report card are as follows:
S = Satisfactory, Meets grade level standards
P = Progressing, Making progress but not meeting grade level standards
U = Unsatisfactory, Not making progress, not meeting grade level standards

The codes for marking the achievement section (for integrated language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and health) in grades 3-5 are as follows:
A = Outstanding Achievement. The pupil has mastered the objectives in the subject area, shows initiative, applies knowledge gained to new situations, and accepts responsibility for learning.
B = Above Average (High) Achievement. The pupil has mastered most of the objectives in the subject area, is above average in initiative, application of knowledge, and accepting responsibility for learning.
C = Satisfactory Achievement. The pupil has mastered the basic objectives in the subject area and with direction and stimulation by the teacher is progressing in initiative, application of knowledge and accepting responsibility for learning.
D = Below Average (Needs Improvement in) Achievement. The pupil has mastered few of the basic objectives in the subject area.
F = Unsatisfactory Achievement. The pupil has not mastered the basic objectives in the subject area.

Only letter grades will appear on report cards and transcripts.

The codes for marking achievement in physical education, music, art, and work-study habits/citizenship in grades 3-5 are as follows:
S = Satisfactory Progress
N = Needs Improvement
U = Unsatisfactory

In evaluating the performance of pupils in a given subject area, the teacher takes into account tests, daily work, homework, classroom participation, oral and written reports, projects, etc., as they relate to the course objectives as stated in the specific skills continuum or subject guides.

Students in grades 1-5 receive an interim report card at the mid-point of each marking period.
 

Middle School

Report cards are issued at the end of each marking period and are supplemented by interim reports at the mid-point of each marking period. Students are evaluated at the end of each marking period on achievement, work-study habits and attitudes and behavior. In addition, the performance level will be indicated for reading and mathematics.

The comprehensive report cards at the end of each marking period provide information to parents about the student's performance in the core curriculum subjects and related arts courses. Middle school students are evaluated in any credit courses in which they are enrolled. Space is also provided for comments teachers may wish to make.

The evaluation codes used for academic subjects in the middle school are:

  • A = Outstanding level of performance
    Indicates that the pupil has done excellent work and has mastered the course objectives, consistently does excellent work with skill and thoroughness; and consistently has applied knowledge gained to new situations.
  • B = High level of performance
    Indicates that the pupil has done above average work, mastered almost all of the course objectives; and has applied knowledge gained to new situations.
  • C = Satisfactory level of performance
    Indicates that the pupil has done average work and has mastered many of the objectives of the course.
  • D = Needs improvement in performance
    Indicates that the pupil has done below average work and has mastered few of the objectives of the course.
  • F = Unsatisfactory level of performance
    Indicates that the pupil's work fell below a level of acceptance for the course and was unsatisfactory.
  • I = Incomplete
    Indicates incomplete work which will need to be made up prior to a grade being assigned.

Only letter grades will appear on report cards and transcripts.

The divisionwide scale for grades 6-8 is as follows:

Through June 2012: Effective September 2013:
A = 92-100%
B = 83-91%
C = 74-82%
D = 65-73%
F = Below 65%
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = 59% and below

The evaluation codes for work-study habits and attitude and behavior are:

  • S = Satisfactory level of performance
  • N = Needs Improvement in performance
  • U = Unsatisfactory level of performance
     

Secondary (High) School

 
The following is the interpretation of the grading system:

  • A = Indicates that the pupil has done excellent work and has mastered the course objectives, consistently does excellent work with skill and thoroughness; and consistently has applied knowledge gained to new situations.

  • B = Indicates that the pupil has done above average work, mastered almost all of the course objectives; and has applied knowledge gained to new situations.

  • C = Indicates that the pupil has done average work and has mastered many of the objectives of the course.

  • D = Indicates that the pupil has done below average work and has mastered few of the objectives of the course.

  • F = Indicates that the pupil's work fell below a level acceptable for the course and was unsatisfactory.

  • I = Indicates incomplete work.

Only letter grades will appear on report cards and transcripts.

The divisionwide scale is as follows:

Through June 2012: Effective September 2013:
A = 92-100%
B = 83-91%
C = 74-82%
D = 65-73%
F = Below 65%
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = 59% and below

Students are evaluated on academic progress and on quality of citizenship. Report cards are issued every marking period and will be supplemented by interim reports at the mid-point of each marking period. In evaluating the performance of pupils in a given subject area, teachers take into account both oral and written work. In addition, a student evaluation includes unit and/or activity tests, daily written/oral work, homework, projects and/or outside assignments, and final semester examinations in specified courses.

All evaluation tools or devices are designed to effectively measure the written objectives of the course.

Teachers will provide information to students which will enable each student to:

  1. know what will be expected for each learning unit or activity before instruction actually begins,
  2. be informed of the specific criteria upon which performance will be evaluated,
  3. be informed about learning progress for each learning unit or activity during as well as upon completion of the course of instruction, and
  4. be evaluated based on the attainment of objectives of the course.

Based on a system of specified evaluation and reporting segments, the final semester grade is to be averaged according to the following criteria:

  1. For courses requiring an examination, the final grade will be based on a 40-40-20 weighted average (first marking period grade, second marking period grade, and semester examination grade).
  2. For courses in which no semester examination is required, the final grade will be based on a 50-50 weight.
  3. In courses where exams are required, students who do not take the examination will receive a failing grade for the semester. Late examinations will be administered only to students for whom the school received notification of absence on the examination day and for whom the reason for the absence is beyond the control of the student or his/her parent or when prior approval has been given by the principal.

Letter symbols are used to describe the pupil's achievement as indicated by his/her level of mastery of course objectives for the class to which the pupil has been assigned.

Policy/Procedure reviewed/revised: May 18, 1994; May 17, 2000; May 16, 2006; February 19, 2013

 

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