Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA VS: Grading Practices


Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

In Kindergarten through third grade, the marking code is not connected to numerical grades. Progress is also reported differently in the Americas and Europe/Pacific.

Grading System (K-3) Americas

For grades K–3, achievement codes rather than letter grades will be used.

Code Description

E

Exceeds grade-level expectations: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors independently without teacher support.  Students at this level are exceeding the grade-level standards.

M

Meets grade-level expectations: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors independently with minimal teacher support.

S

Steady progress towards grade-level expectations: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors with teacher guidance and support.

L

Limited progress towards grade-level expectations: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors in isolated or rare instances, or with a great deal of support.  The performance is inconsistent and below the normal range of expectancy for a student at this grade level.

Grading System (K-3) EUR/PAC

For grades K–3, achievement codes rather than letter grades will be used.

Code Description

CD

Consistently Displayed: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors independently with minimal teacher support.

P

Developing/Progressing: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors with teacher guidance and support.

N

Not Yet Evident: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors in isolated or rare instances, or with a great deal of support.  The performance is inconsistent and below the normal range of expectancy for a student at this grade level.

X

Not addressed: The knowledge, skills, and practices embodied in the grade-level standards were neither taught nor evaluated this marking period.

Grades 4 - 12

Please note:  Parents will find a cumulative grade posted in their student’s online course.  It’s important to note that this is not the official grade.  Student's official grades for assignments and cumulative progress will be found in GradeSpeed, DoDEA’s official grade reporting program for grades 4-12.

gradespeed codesParents have access to the official student grade through the parent portal in GradeSpeed. For information about how to set up a Parent GradeSpeed account, please contact the Educational Technologist at your local school.

Teachers may use the marking codes on the right in the official gradebook to indicate assignment status. Codes are generally placeholders until the student has completed the assignment.

Grading System (4-12)

A traditional letter grading system will be used for grades 4–12 report marks.

Grade Numerical Range Description

A

90 – 100

Excellent: Outstanding level of performance

B

80 – 89

Good: High level of performance

C

70 – 79

Average: Acceptable level of performance

D

60 – 69

Poor: Minimal level of performance

F (failing)

0 – 59

Failing (No credit awarded)

For purposes of calculating a student’s high school GPA, the following scales shall be used:

Unweighted Standard Scale Weighted Advanced Placement (with AP exam)

4.0

5.0

3.0

4.0

2.0

3.0

1.0

2.0

0

0

GradeSpeed

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.

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 instructions to create an account.

Click here for Student, Parent, or Teacher access.

Grades 9-12

The DVHS is committed to communicating accurate information to sponsors and students based upon the DoDEA grading policies. The following practices apply to all students enrolled in DVHS courses regardless of eligibility upon which they are enrolled:

  • Official grades are provided through GradeSpeed, the DoDEA electronic gradebook/portal.
  • A progress report is sent to the sponsor's email at the mid-point of each grading period. Student grades are always available to parents via the parent access account in GradeSpeed. Parents should contact the Educational Technologist at their child's local brick and mortar school to obtain a GradeSpeed parent account.

Grades populated in any other database including Schoology are not official. Individual grades in the LMS may represent completion of some assignments but, may not reflect a comprehensive list of grades for the course.

The DVHS operates worldwide; therefore, calculation of grades for extracurricular activity eligibility within DoDEA is updated no later than each Tuesday at 1600 EST/EDT.

For part-time, supplemental DVHS students

  • DoDEA facilitators will be provided access to DVHS grades for students enrolled in DVHS courses at their local schools.
  • Specific information regarding access is provided in the facilitator forum within the LMS.

For students enrolled with the full-time virtual option program, Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP) and the Domestic Transition Program, report cards are sent via email to the students and sponsors at the end of each quarter (nine weeks). DVHS supplemental students will receive reports cards from their local school.