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Grading and Reporting

CODE: IKA

Maine School Administrative District No. 31

    GRADING AND REPORTING

The MSAD #31 Board of Directors is committed to maintaining rigorous performance and achievement standards for all students and to providing a fair process for evaluating and reporting student progress that is understandable to students and their parents and relevant for instructional purposes.
Grades are an essential way to communicate student progress. As such, grading and reporting practices will include the following:

        1. Meaningful feedback on student achievement to students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the school system. This
            feedback should provide relevant information for instructional purposes
        2. Alignment with the Maine School Learning Results curriculum
        3. Consistency within and among schools
        4. Accurate reflection of student achievement compared to grade level or course expectations outlined in the curriculum as
            demonstrated on assessments and teacher designed tasks
        5. Fair representation of a student's performance on a variety of measures over time
        6. Clear and timely communication to parents and students as to the grading criteria and the components
        7. Commitment to school attendance as an essential component of a quality learning experience
        8. Summative assessments, such as but not limited to final exams, end of unit tests, and cumulative projects, as reflections of
           a student's mastery of grade level or course material
        9. Opportunity for students to demonstrate mastery of grade level or course expectations outlined in the curriculum through
            a variety of methods
        10. Regular and frequent information to all students and parents about the student's progress
        11. Consistently high expectations of all students across all courses and programs

In All Schools

        1. Teachers will use MSAD #31 curriculum framework and/or instructional guides to develop mastery objectives and a variety of
            tasks, including assessments to determine student achievement of those objectives.
        2. Students and parents will be informed at the beginning of a course or marking period of the expectations outlined in the
            curriculum of each course or unit and of the basis upon which students' performance will be evaluated.
        3. Students and parents will be informed about progress throughout the grading period and teachers are strongly encouraged to
            provide such information at frequent regular intervals. Progress will be reported formally.
        4. Teachers will maintain accurate and precise records that support informally and formally reported achievement.

Legal references:   Chapter 127; 20-A M.R.S.A. Sec. 6201, 6202-B, 6209,
Cross references:   IKE-Promotion, Retention and Acceleration of Students; IKF-Graduation
Requirements                                                              

First Reading:        08/19/2009