Grading
Grading & Reporting Updates for 2016-17
Baltimore County Public Schools has made revisions to the grading and reporting procedures for the 2016-2017 school year.  The new BCPS Grading and Reporting Procedures Manual can be found at https://www.bcps.org/academics/grading/ There are four reporting periods during the school year for students in grades 2-5.  Students in kindergarten will receive a Kindergarten Progress Report in November and May at the Kindergarten Conferences.  Students in first grade do not receive a first quarter report card.  A parent conference is conducted in its place.  First grade students will then receive a report card for the remaining three quarters.

Our Purpose

Baltimore County Public Schools commits to all stakeholders to provide equitable, accurate, specific, and timely information regarding student progress towards agreed-upon common course expectations as well as feedback for next steps and growth areas.  Grades will communicate what students know and can do.

 Equitable     The same work, completed in two different classrooms, should receive the same grade. 
 Accurate Grades are based solely on achievement, which means other factors like behavior and attendance are not used to calculate a grade.
 Specific Grading policies should be so clear that students should be able to tell teachers what grade they have earned, even before the teacher calculates it.
 Timely Feedback to students is so timely that students can actually use that feedback right away to improve their performance on tests and assignments.


Our Guiding Practices
1.  Grading practices must be supportive of student learning.
2.  Marking-period grades will be based solely on achievement of course or grade-level standards.
3.  Students will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency.
4.  Grades will be based on a body of evidence aligned to standards.
5.  A consistent grading scale will be used to score assignments and assessments.
6.  Accommodations and modifications will be provided for exceptional learners.


Grades 1 & 2

CD Consistently Demonstrating
The student acquires and applies the concept or skill consistently with minimal teacher support.
P Progressing
The student acquires and applies the concept or skill frequently and needs additional teacher support at times.
N Needs Improvement
The student acquires and applies the concept or skill rarely or does so with much more teacher support.  Additional practice is needed.
NA     Not Applicable



Grades 3 - 5

       A
90%-100%
      
Outstanding
Students performing at this level demonstrate a distinguished and strong command of the knowledge, skills, and practices embodied by the standards.  Students at this level are meeting or extending the standards at their grade level. 
       B
 80%-89%
Above Average
Students performing at this level demonstrate a moderate command of the knowledge, skills, and practices embodied by the standards.  Students at this level are approaching the standards at their grade level.
       C
 70%-79%
Average
Students performing at this level demonstrate a developing command of the knowledge, skills, and practices embodied by the standards at their grade level.
       D
 60%-69%
Below Average
Students performing at this level demonstrate a beginning command of the knowledge and/or skills embodied by the standards assessed at their grade level.
       E
  0%-59%
Failing
Students performing at this level demonstrate no evidence of the knowledge, skills, and practices embodied by the state standards assessed at their grade level.
      NA                 Not Applicable
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