North Forest Pines Elementary 2020-21 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.
The information below shares specific information about grading at our school
The following are school-wide expectations for homework:
Homework reinforces learning and fosters independence, responsibility, and self-direction. Homework assignments should strengthen skills, provide practice in subjects that already have been taught in class, and/or improve a student's ability to work independently. Teachers should take into consideration the differences in financial, educational, and technological resources of students and their parents or guardians when making assignments. In addition, the amount of time necessary to complete the tasks should be reasonable in light of the age and maturity of the students and other assignments given to the students. Homework should not be given over track out, unless requested by the parent.
The following are grade/subject specific expectations for the completion and grading of homework:
Procedures by Grade Level; Kindergarten ≤ 15 minutes per night, Grade 1 ≤ 20 minutes per night, Grade 2 ≤ 30 minutes per night, Grade 3 ≤ 40 minutes per night, Grade 4 ≤ 50 minutes per night, and Grade 5 ≤ 60 minutes per night.
- Evaluation - Homework is considered practice and must not be factored into a student’s grade or included in behavior grades. It is essential to provide each child regular feedback on his or her homework.
- If homework is consistently not returned, inform the parent. Should it continue to be a pattern, contact the School Counselor for assistance.
The school’s Homework Plan can be found in our staff handbook, due to COVID, we did not print a student handbook this year.
Classwork & Assessments
The following are school-wide expectations for classwork and assessments:
- All students are continually assessed to determine their progress and mastery of concepts taught. A wide variety of assessments will be used as documentation.
- Progress Reports will be issued at the midpoint of each grading period for every student.
- North Forest Pines Elementary follows the WCPSS standards-based grading system. This model will assess children in all academic areas using the following scale:
Level 4- Student consistently demonstrates an in-depth understanding of the standards, concepts and skills taught during this reporting period.
Level 3- Student consistently demonstrates an understanding of the standards, concepts and skills taught during this reporting period.
Level 2- Student is approaching an understanding of the standards, concepts and skills taught during this reporting period.
Level 1- Student does not yet demonstrate an understanding of standards, concepts and skills taught during this reporting period.
- Benchmark assessments (Istation, Dreambox, NKT, BOG) will be aligned with state/district standards and administered during the designated testing windows.
- Common Formative Assessments will be aligned to quarterly standards and administered at the end of each quarter.
The following are grade/subject specific expectations for the completion and grading of classwork and assessments:
- All students are continually assessed to determine their progress and mastery of concepts taught. A wide variety of assessments will be used as documentation. Students will have three opportunities to master an objective with formal and informal assessments and classwork.
- Students receiving intervention/remediation will be provided additional opportunities to demonstrate learning. The additional opportunity will be graded and replace the previous grade. Teachers have the discretion to provide a re-assessment to any student in order to gather the most accurate measure of the student’s learning.
- Report Cards are to be sent home at the end of each quarter according to the school system’s published schedule.
- At least two (2) conferences are scheduled with each child’s parents/guardians during the school year (fall and spring).
- Work folders or portfolios, and any other appropriate student data are maintained and shared with parents during the conferences.
- Istation student summary reports must be sent home three times per year (K-5).
The following are school-wide expectations for missed work during face to face instruction:
- 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' 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 school-wide expectations for missed work during virtual learning:
- A school staff member will follow up with phone calls, email, etc. with students within a 3-day window.
- Teachers should have a record of which students attend each live instruction opportunity.
- If students are unable to log in and/or submit a required assignment within the assigned time frame, schools will follow existing processes for students with 3 consecutive absences (see above).
- Teachers will not grade students based upon attendance in daily instruction. Work completion/submission can be included in the students work habits portion of the report card.
The following are grade/subject specific expectations for the completion and grading of missed work:
- All grade level expectations follow the school-wide expectations.
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:
- Monthly, our grade level PLTs meet with administration and the instructional facilitator to review data to determine if all students are successful with core instruction.
- When a student is not successful with core instruction, then the teacher must decide if a smart goal is needed. The grade level Professional Learning Team (PLT) should be instrumental in assisting the teacher with making this decision. Once a smart goal is created, the intervention should be progress monitored in 3 to 6 week intervals. The intervention should be adjusted by changing the frequency, duration or by creating a new intervention if progress is slow or not occurring. If the student continues to not respond to interventions or meet the smart goal, then a Personal Education Plan should be created. Students will be assigned to support with a Tier 2 teacher reading based on data and teacher observation. PLTs and Tier 2 teachers will meet once a month to discuss students’ progress.
The following are grade/subject specific expectations for prevention and intervention:
- Each grade level is assigned a case manager that serves on the intervention team to ensure the steps of the intervention matrix are being followed. In addition to the monthly data review, the case managers meet with the grade level PLTs once a month to review prevention and intervention.
Extra credit is not offered but multiple opportunities to demonstrate mastery of standards will be provided.