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:
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.
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.
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By the end of the school year, all students will increase reading comprehension by analyzing text to make inferences and draw conclusions as measured by selected school-wide and system-wide assessments.
By the end of the school year, all students will increase written communication by explaining mathematical thinking to find solutions as measured by selected school-wide and system based assessments.