Teachers use homework to reinforce and review curriculum content. Research shows that when homework is turned in to the teacher, graded, and discussed with students, it can improve students' grades and understanding of their schoolwork.
Parents can assist with homework by providing a routine to complete homework. If possible, set up a quiet, comfortable study area with good lighting and the school supplies that your children need. It is critical that you show your children that you think homework is important. Ask to see your children's homework each day and discuss it with them to show support. .
The amount of homework varies by grade level.
If your child consistently takes longer than the recommended time to complete homework, please contact your child's teacher.
Each grade communicates with parents on a consistent basis about their children's homework assignments, via an assignment sheet, homework folder, or other reporting methods. Teachers want students to learn from homework. Tell the teacher if your child thinks the homework is too easy or too hard. This will help the teacher match homework with student ability and maturity levels.
The amount of help you offer your child depends on each child's grade level, knowledge of skills and study habits. First, make sure the child understands the directions by completing a few problems together. Praise right answers, and show how to correct mistakes. Students should generally be able to complete the assignments independently. Avoid "hovering" over your child while they work on homework. You do not want your child to be dependent on you to complete the tasks.
Help older students organize their assignments by recording them on calendars or planners, along with due dates, dates turned in, etc.
Student report cards are issued every 9 weeks. A student who is starting school for the first time must have been enrolled 20 school days to receive grades for that quarter. Grades for a student transferring to a GA/AL school from another school district will be averaged with the current grade to determine the report card grade. The grade reports are distributed four times per school year, or quarterly.
In Kindergarten through third grade, the marking code is not connected to numerical grades. Progress is reported as follows:
In grades 4 to 8, the marking code is connected to a numerical scale as follows:
This marking code is used in the major subject areas of Language Arts, Reading, Mathematics, and Social Studies may also be further noted with a plus (+) or minus (‐).
The Learning Skills for grades K‐5 are marked with any of the following:
1 = Consistently Observed2 = Occasionally Observed3 = Infrequently Observed
Mid‐quarter progress reports are distributed as a means of communicating progress for those students at risk of receiving a D or F, at the end of the quarterly marking period. Parents are encouraged to contact their child's teacher at any time during the school year for a conference to discuss progress, questions, or concerns. DoDEA grading policies and procedures are established at the DoDEA headquarters, not at the local level.
It is the responsibility of the teacher, under the supervision of the Principal, to determine the instructional level of students in reading and mathematics. Once these levels are determined, it is also the teacher's responsibility to ensure that all assigned work shall be within the students' instructional level. The assumption is made that if a student is properly placed at his/her instructional level, he/she will be able to successfully complete the required work. If a student's grade(s) are a D, at or after midterm, the classroom teacher must notify the parent/guardian of the drop in grades and discuss a plan for improvement.
Each marking period students in 4th - thru 8th grades are recognized for making the "A" Honor Roll by achieving all A's on their report cards and the "A/B" Honor Roll for those students receiving all A's and B's for the marking period. Students must receive a Satisfactory marking in all special areas to qualify for the honor roll awards.
Gradespeed is the DoDEA adopted program for teachers' of grades 4 through 12 to submit and post grades into the Student Information System. The Gradespeed program offers many special features, including Parent Connection for teacher reporting, and teacher‐to‐parent communications.
The grade scale in Gradespeed is as follows:
Gradespeed's Parent Connection gives parents online access to their child's grades via the web. Each parent can request his or her own account. Students will be given a Gradespeed account by their school Educational Technologist. Visit the DoDEA GradeSpeed page for more information about GradeSpeed and for instruction to create an account.