Standards-based Grading System

Standards-based Grading System
Xenia Community Schools are using a standards-based grading system in kindergarten, first, and second grade.
In a standards-based system, teachers report what students know and are able to do relative to the Ohio Learning Standards. The purpose of standards-based grading is to raise student achievement by clearly
communicating students’ progress toward learning targets. Knowing where students are in their progress toward meeting standards-based learning targets is critical for planning and carrying out classroom instruction.

Students and parents will receive feedback on student achievement in terms of N, P, M, and E.

E - Exceeds Grade Level Expectations - Student exceeds grade level standards by independently and consistently applying and utilizing concepts and skills.

• A student earning an E independently uses and applies knowledge in ways that demonstrate higher level thinking skills.

• Typically, few students perform at this level.

M - Meets Grade Level Expectations - Student demonstrates grade level standards for concepts and skills.

• A student earning an M demonstrates understanding of grade level skills and concepts and requires minimal support.

• An M throughout the school year indicates strong, excellent work at grade level.

• An M is the goal for the grade level and should be celebrated.

P - Progressing Toward Grade Level Expectations - Student is progressing toward basic understanding of grade level standards with assistance.

• A student earning a P has not yet met the standards but is progressing toward achieving skills and learning end-of-year grade level concepts. Some support from teachers, parents, and/or peers is

• A P indicates ongoing growth.

N - Needs Improvement with Grade Level Expectations - Student shows an emerging awareness of concepts and skills.

• A student earning an N is currently not meeting the grade level standards. The student demonstrates an inconsistent understanding and application of knowledge.

• Intervention is needed from teachers and parents.

When your child brings home graded work, please refer to these marks to explain progress toward the grade level expectation. Consistent with the philosophy, you may not see a lot of M's during this first quarter.

A parent information meeting will be held August 28, 2019 @ 5:30 in the McKinley Elementary cafeteria in order to more clearly explain standards-based reporting, the grading system, and how it will help teachers, parents, and students evaluate progress toward learning targets.
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