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    Briarcliff  Elementary School

     

    School Grading 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.

     

    All WCPSS grading and reporting practices will support the learning and teaching process and encourage success for all students.

     

    The information below shares specific information about grading at our school 



    Grading

     

    • Due to the change from in-person learning to fully online learning, there is no expectation for teachers to have the same quantity of grades they might have recorded during Quarter 1 in an in-person setting. Students will most likely need additional instructional opportunities and a longer span of time to demonstrate mastery. 

     

    • In the case where a student is not submitting any assignments and there are no other methods for teachers to determine student understanding, then their grades for that standard should not be entered into Powerschool (PS). The student should not receive a level 1 or level 2. 

     

    • Grades can be observational, classwork and assessments. 

     

    • Istation Assessments, Dreambox and State Tests will not be used for grading purposes. However, students are required to take these assessments as they are used to guide instruction.

     

    • Attendance is not used as a grade, but is part of work habits.



    Homework

     

    At Briarcliff we focus on allowing students time with their families while focusing on daily reading.

     

    Rationale:

    At Briarcliff Elementary, we define the term “homework” as an opportunity to improve reading and math skills. This is done through nightly reading and optional Dreambox opportunities. 

     

    Guidelines for optional practice activities:

     

    1. Optional homework packets will provide practice to reinforce skills and materials learned in class.
    2. Optional use of Dreambox
    3. Optional use of Istation



    Nightly Reading Frequency:

     

    • K- 5 students will read night for 20-30 minutes
    • Reading  can be assigned Monday through Thursday night.  



    The school’s Homework Plan can be found on our website at Briarcliffes.wcpss.net



    Classwork & Assessments

     

    The following are school-wide expectations for classwork and assessments:

     

    As part of the Wake County Public School System, Briarcliff Elementary grades classwork and assessments using Standards Based Grading.  All assignments that are graded are expected to be completed by students.  Final grades for each standard are based on observational, classwork and assessments that teachers provide.

    The purpose of a grading system is to appropriately and consistently measure and communicate an individual student's level of mastery of defined learning objectives.



    Missed Work

     

    Expectation for In-Person Students

     

    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 students' 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.

     

    Expectation for Remote Learning and Virtual Academy  Students

     

    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 students' control, and the nature of which would not support make-up work the day of return.

     

    Students have a week to work on assignments. We ask them to try to be completed by Sunday of that week. Assignments can be turned in at any time for credit. 

     

    Prevention-Intervention Plan

     

    For students at risk of academic failure, our school seeks to provide a prevention/intervention system that promotes successful completion and mastery of work.  Details of our plan are below.

     

    The following are school-wide expectations for how we support prevention-intervention efforts:

     

    Briarcliff Elementary uses a Multi-Tiered System of Support with our students.

     

    Tier I support occurs within the general classrooms and applies to all students.

     

    Tier II supports are in place for students who need extra support either behaviorally or academically.  Professional Learning Teams meet weekly and review students referred for Tier II plans and write Personal Education Plans for individual students needing more support.

     

    Tier III supports occur at the school level through a recommendation to the Tier III team.  This team is made up of teachers, intervention specialists, school counselors, school social worker, and the school psychologist.  At this level plans are written for students who are not making successful progress on their Tier II plans.  If after a period of time determined by this team, students do make significant and sustained progress, the team may then refer a student to the Special Education team at the school.