In the Woodhaven-Brownstown School District uses a Standards Based Report card that will be scored with a rubric. The scale will be:
3 - Secure - Consistently applies the skill or concept accurately and independently
2 - Developing - Demonstrates some understanding with assistance. Errors or misunderstandings still occur
1 - Beginning - Exhibits little understanding of the concept or skill. Cannot be completed independently
When I grade papers, I usually put percentages on them. Upon occasion, some assignments are graded on a check mark system:
+ Check Plus...........................................Well Done (Equivalent to a 3)
Check........................................................Satisfactory ( Equivalent to a 2)
- Check Minus.......................Improvement needed (Equivalent to a 1)
Assignments done poorly or not turned in (Equivalent to a 0)
1st Card Marking Policy:
During the 1st Card Marking period, students who score a 75% or less (OR a check minus) on daily assignments and content area tests have the option of making corrections on their papers and returning them to me the same week, that the papers are returned in their Weekly Progress Reports. Then, I will re-score them, and students will receive the higher of the two scores. However, there are some exceptions. Spelling, Reading Tests and Writing Assessments, along with Reading Quizzes cannot be corrected to earn a higher grade.
2nd Card Marking Policy:
During the 2nd Card Marking periods, students still have the option of making corrections on the assignments mentioned above, if they score 75% or less (OR a check minus). However, during this trimester,students will be given the AVERAGE of the two scores. For example, suppose a child originally scored 70% on an assignment and then opted to make corrections that raised the score to 100%. I would add the two scores together and then divide by 2 to get the final grade for my grade book. For this example, it would be 70 + 100 = 170/2 = 85
3rd Card Marking Policy:
Since this is the last card marking period before 4th grade, students will not be allowed to make corrections and earn a higher score. During this period, the original score will not be changed.
NOTES From Mrs. Butler
From time to time, parents have asked why I have different guidelines for each card marking, so I thought this would be a good place to share the reasons. First of all, there is a dramatic difference between the second grade curriculum and the third grade curriculum. (Just take a look at the textbooks used in each grade level for examples.) During the first trimester, students are adjusting to the greater demands of the Third Grade Curriculum. They are also establishing study habits to prepare for content area tests. I have found that when students go back and make corrections, they are less likely to make the same mistakes in the future. I believe that credit should be given for taking the extra effort to get things right.
By the second trimester, students should have established their study habits and realize the importance of producing quality work. There should be fewer assignments that require extensive corrections. Also, we are starting to look towards fourth grade and the expectations increase.
By the third trimester, students are no longer able to make corrections on their work in order to raise their grade. The primary reason for this is because they do not always have the opportunity to get their re-do their assignments in 4th grade, so they need to use their skills and study habits to be successful on their original work.