Schoolwide Grading and Homework Plan
In the Wake County Public School System, we are committed to maintaining rigorous performance and achievement standards for all students and to providing a fair and consistent process for evaluating and reporting student progress that is understandable to students and their parents and relevant for instructional purposes.
The information below shares specific information about grading at our school.
FRES Homework Policy
All Grade Levels: Projects may be assigned throughout the year.
Kindergarten: Students are required to read each night with their parents and complete a nightly reading log. During this time, students may read to parents, parents read to students, and student and parent can read together. The goal is to start with ten minutes and build up to twenty minutes by the end of the school year. . Teachers will provide parents with a menu of activities that can be used for optional sight word practice.
First Grade: Students are required to read each night starting with fifteen minutes and building to thirty minutes by the end of the year. Optional Homework: Teachers will provide parents with a menu of Letterland practice activities that can be used for Letterland practice.
Second Grade: Students are required to read each night starting with 20 minutes and building to thirty minutes by the end of the year. Optional Homework: The teachers will provide Letterland Character stories in the BEE Binder that can be reviewed with students to reinforce Letterland Skills learned at school. Teachers will also provide a list of online math websites that students can access to practice math skills.
Third Grade: Students are required to read for 30 minutes each night and respond to a prompt on a Reading Log. They will also have two math problems to solve each evening. Beginning in January, teachers will send home EOG practice activities in Reading and Math.
Fourth Grade: Students are required to read for 30 minutes and will have two math problems to solve each night; one covering the new skill and the other a review skill.
Fifth Grade: Students are required to read for 30 minutes and to study science vocabulary in Google Classroom/Quizlet each night. They will also be assigned 5 Weekly Math Practice Problems due on Friday. Each week there will be two review problems, two problems covering the current skill and one problem that will preview an upcoming skill. Time will be provided for students to work on these problems at school, however students may also choose to complete the work at home.
Homework will be checked for completion and for accuracy. Student homework will be marked with a P as it is an opportunity for practice. Homework grades will not be a part of students’ academic grades. Homework completion is part of the Work Habits grade on the Report Card.
Classwork & Assessments
The following are school-wide expectations for classwork and assessments:
Students will have multiple opportunities to practice new skills and concepts before they are assessed.
When students are practicing new skills, the work will be marked with a P.
Students will be assessed using a variety of formative assessment methods including exit tickets, teacher observations, quick checks, verbal and written assessments. These assessments will be scored using rubrics created by the grade level PLTs.
Benchmark assessments will also provide additional student data. Benchmark assessments include assessments provided by the state and the county. The state and county provide the scoring requirements for these assessments. (Examples: Summative Math Assessments, mClass Reading Assessments, and EOGs)
The following are grade/subject specific expectations for the completion and grading of classwork and assessments:
Standards Based Grading will be used to assess student work as follows:
Level 4: Exemplary
Level 3: Proficient
Level 2: Approaching Proficiency
Level 1: Non-Proficient
Students will receive grades based on the work that they complete independently in the classroom.
When students work in collaborative groups, their grades will reflect their effort and their contribution to the group assignment as well as the accuracy of the work completed.
The following are school-wide expectations for missed work:
If the absence is approved in advance and/or if the work is assigned by the teacher in advance, all make-up work, including tests assigned for the day of return, is due upon the student’s return to school. Teachers should use discretion and may make exceptions in the case of students whose excused absences were not planned in advance, were beyond the student’s control, and the nature of which would not support make-up work the day of return.
If the make-up work has not been assigned in advance, for absences of one (1) to three (3) days, the student will have one day for each day absent. For absences exceeding three (3) days, the student may have two (2) days for each day absent to make up work. Special consideration will be given in the case of extended absences due to injury or chronic illness.
The following are grade/subject specific expectations for the completion and grading of missed work:
All teachers grades K-5 will work with students to make up missed work as appropriate. In elementary school many of the whole class activities and small group activities cannot be made up if missed. Teachers will work with students to make certain they have an opportunity to learn any skills taught while students were not in school. Alternate assignments will be given as needed for student practice.
Standards Based grading provides multiple opportunities for students to practice new skills and to demonstrate proficiency. Extra Credit work will not be given at Forestville.