Student Progress Assessment

A variety of methods are used to monitor student progress and report results. Results are provided to assist the student, parent and teacher in working together to achieve the best education possible for the students. They are not intended, in any way, to be used to determine a child’s self-worth or value.

Stanford Achievement Test
The Stanford Achievement Test (SAT) is a nationally standardized test administered annually to all students in grades one through eight. The results are recorded in each student’s folder and forwarded to parents. Detailed interpretation is available upon request through a conference. This test indicates how each student is progressing in school as measured against students in the same grade throughout the United States.

Tests, Quizzes, Projects, Daily Assignments and Homework
These are the primary methods used by teachers to assess student progress. A written copy of the teacher’s student progress assessment methods and grading policy are available for parents.

Grading Policy
Report cards are issued on a quarterly basis. Students receive an achievement grade and an effort grade for most subjects. The achievement grade is based on how well the child is performing in relationship to a pre-determined standard. If a student is not working at grade-level, the grade is asterisked to indicate that the work has been modified. The effort grade is earned by student participation and attitude toward learning.

Students are expected to take responsibility for meeting deadlines when completing their work. Efforts to notify parents of missing work will be made. Missing assignments contribute to low and/or failing grades. Parents are encouraged to contact the teacher regarding grades and assignments throughout the quarter.

The mid-term report is a snapshot of your child’s performance on the activities, assignments and/or tests completed halfway through the quarter. It is not a prediction or guarantee of the final quarter grade. A student may receive satisfactory grades for the mid-term report and yet receive unsatisfactory quarterly grades. Factors that may contribute to unacceptable grades may be late and/or missing assignments and low test scores in the last part of the quarter. Another factor that may affect the final quarter grade is if a long-term assignment or final test is weighed more heavily than other work.

The final quarter grade is derived from teacher-selected assignments and tests as well as classroom participation. Because quarter grades are tied to a specific time period, they cannot be changed by completing extra credit or re-doing assignments or tests. However, for the sake of knowledge and/or skill attainment, remedial work is recommended.

Academic Probation
If a student in grades 4-8 receives a D or lower in any core subject (non-elective) on a report card, these are the steps that will be followed.

Step One
If after first or third quarter, parents must attend parent/teacher conferences to discuss options and checkpoints. If after second quarter, the teacher will contact parents to arrange a conference. If after fourth quarter, a conference will be scheduled in the fall if the student is returning. Junior high students must come to tutorial on Tuesdays and study halls on Mondays and Wednesdays during lunch recesses. Fifth and sixth stay in for pre-determined lunch recesses or stay for tutorial in the Resource Room from 2:35-3 on specified days.
   *Checkpoint
If student receives a D or lower in any core subject on midterm (4th – 6th) or second tri-weekly (7th – 8th) after the ensuing report card, parents are called and updated on student’s progress, reminded of steps and confirm that they’ve attended study halls and/or tutorials.

Step Two
If student receives a D or lower on next report card, parents meet with teacher and principal; and student is placed on probation.* Next checkpoint will be discussed as well. If appropriate, testing will be considered at this time. If testing is recommended, an appointment must be made with the testing coordinator within one week. At this point, the student will follow Identifying Special Needs steps instead of this process.

  *Checkpoint
If student receives a D or lower in any core subject on midterm (4th – 6th) or second tri-weekly (7th – 8th) after the ensuing report card, parents will be called and updated on student’s progress and whether or not they’ve attended study halls and/or tutorials. They will also be reminded of probation and consequences.

Step Three

If student receives a D or lower for three quarters in a row, it’s grounds for dismissal.**
*Student placed on probation must complete two quarters in a row of no D or lower in core subjects on their report card to be removed from probation. Any D or lower after that, and the process begins again.

** Principal has final say on dismissal.