The Board of Education recognizes that the classroom teacher has the primary responsibility to evaluate students and determine student grades. Grading is considered a positive tool to indicate achievement and development in each class or subject area in which a student is enrolled.
The district will utilize a uniform grading system. Classroom teachers will evaluate students and assign grades according to the established system.
It is to be recognized that a student is an individual with his/her own abilities and capabilities. It is also recognized that an individual is part of a society which is achievement-oriented and competitive in nature. Hence, when a student’s achievement is evaluated, attention should be given to his/her unique characteristics and to accepted standards of performance in the educational setting.
All students are expected to complete the assigned class work and homework as directed. Students are also expected to participate meaningfully in class discussions and activities in order to receive course credit. If work is missed due to absence, the student is expected to make up the work. The student and/or the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) should discuss with the student’s teacher an appropriate means of making up the missed work. With the possible exception of absences intended by the student as a means of gaining an unfair academic advantage (e.g., to secure more time to study for a test), every effort will be made to provide students with the opportunity and assistance to make up all work missed as a result of absence from class (see 4760, Makeup Opportunities).
The following guidelines will be observed:
1. Students and their parents will be provided with information regarding classroom attendance/participation and
course credit policies upon their admission to school and at the beginning of the school year.
2. Parents are to be informed regularly, at least four (4) times a year, of their child’s progress.
3. The use of marks and symbols will be appropriately explained.
4. Grading will not be used for disciplinary purposes, i.e., giving lower grades for unexcused absences, as
opposed to giving lower grades for failure to complete assigned work or for lack of class participation.
However, a student’s misconduct that is directly related to his/her academic performance (e.g., plagiarism,
cheating on a test, avoiding an exam to secure more time to study), may be reflected in the student’s grade.
5. Grading will be based, in part, upon student improvement, achievement, and participation in classroom
discussions and activities.
6. The parent(s) or guardian(s) shall be regularly notified when a student misses class work due to absences.
Parent(s) or guardian(s) will be notified by letter. A copy of the letter shall also be sent to the student's
guidance counselor and the Building Principal. Communication with parent(s) or guardian(s) regarding a
student's performance in classroom work and activities is generally encouraged.
The professional judgement of the teacher should be respected. Once a grade is assigned to a student by a teacher, the grade may only be changed by a district administrator after notification to the teacher of the reason for such change. Should an administrator enforce a grade change, he/she shall be prepared to report to the Superintendent of Schools and/or the Board.
A numerical percentage grading system shall be used, which principally reflects achievement. The minimum passing grade shall be 65%. A system of averaging final examination grades and quarterly grades shall be developed by the Superintendent and the High School Principal, in order that achievement during the year may receive proper recognition. Grades in physical education will be marked satisfactory (s) or unsatisfactory (u) and will not be used in determining class ranking, etc.
A numerical percentage grading system shall be used, which principally reflects achievement. The minimum passing grade shall be 65%. A system of averaging final examination grades and quarterly grades shall be developed by the Superintendent and the Principal, in order that achievement during the year may receive proper recognition. Grades in physical education will be marked with letter grades
A letter grade system shall be used, as developed by the Superintendent and the members of the Management Team designated by the Superintendent. Such a system shall:
1. reflect a judicious balance among ability, effort and achievement;
2. be readily understood by teachers and parents; and
3. have elements of uniformity from grade to grade throughout the elementary grades, and shall be the same
throughout the system at each grade level.
A reporting system using numerical codes to describe student progress shall be used.
In addition, please refer to Policy 5160 for subsequent regulations regarding attendance and grading.
Cross-ref: 5100, Student Attendance
5160, Student Absences and Excuses
Ref: Education Law §§3202; 3205 et seq.
Matter of Ackert, 30 EDR 31 (1990)
Matter of Augustine, 30 EDR 13 (1990)
Matter of Boylan, 24 EDR 421 (1985)
Adoption date: March 22, 1993