Millbrook Elementary Homework/Grading PolicyIn 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 homework and grading at our school.
HomeworkAccording to the school homework plan, homework should:
- Be an opportunity for practice, reinforcement and/or extension of a learning target or standard
- Be developmentally appropriate and differentiated when appropriate (by class, individual student ability and achievement level)
- Not be used punitively/allow students to receive positive reinforcement for completing
- Be purposeful and precise
- Be checked and validated with feedback
Average time for homework: K-2 20-30 minutes and 3-5 30-50 minutes
Classwork and AssessmentsThe following are school-wide expectations for classwork and assessments:
- Classwork should be differentiated as appropriate and necessary.
- Assessments should be short, precise and purposeful, aligned with the standards taught.
- Students should be given multiple opportunities to show proficiency on the same standard.
- Both formal and informal common assessments should be given, with rubrics for open-ended tasks.
- Formative assessments should guide teaching and drive instruction.
- Summative assessments should be graded with specific feedback and returned in a timely manner.
Missed WorkThe 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' 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.
Prevention-Intervention PlanFor students at risk of academic failure, our school seeks to provide a prevention/intervention system that promotes successful completion and mastery of work. For more information on our prevention/intervention system, please refer to the Intervention Planning Matrix located in the School Improvement Plan.