Explanation of Performance Based Grading

SPANISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM Grades 1-5

“When school and home work together as partners,
children have the best opportunity to learn and succeed in school.”

The standards for evaluation are the objectives established in the Descubre text-book curriculum for each grade level.  “I Can Statements” are the benchmarks used for progress and are aligned with the National and State World Language Standards.

Grade Weights for Skills and Assignment Types:
35%                   Comprehension – Listen / Read
30%                   Oral Expression
25%                   Written Expression
10%                   Homework / Practice

Skills listed above are graded as either CW (class work) or HW (homework).
Examples of graded assignments include:
*Reading
*Quizzes
*Unit tests
*Projects
*Presentations
*Practice handouts
*Cultural proficiency
*“Proficiency Checks” (Comprehension, Speaking and Writing)

Grade Codes:  (See descriptors below)

O       “Consistently exceeds grade level expectations”
G       “Often exceeds grade level expectations”
S        “Meets grade level expectations”
NI       “Needs improvement and extra support”

“Areas of difficulty” (√), “areas of strength” (+) and “areas of satisfactory progress” (no symbol) are indicated for each subcategory listed on report card.

Work Habits and Behavior are not included in the academic grade, however, they do affect learning and are recorded as a separate grade on the report card.

Explanation for Weighting “Assignment Types”:

In a World Language Class, grades reflect what a student “Can Do” with the language. Typical “Assignment Type” categories include: ‘Listening Comprehension’, ‘Speaking Fluency’, ‘Writing Accuracy’, ‘Reading Comprehension’ and ‘Culture’.

“Assignment Types” are categories used to calculate the weight of an assignment. Within each category, individual assignments are weighted based on the number of points they are worth. For example, a 20 point writing assignment would be worth less than a 50 point writing assignment.

Also, the weight of a particular assignment will change over the course of the trimester.  For instance, if “Comprehension” is worth 35% of the grade, the FIRST comprehension assignment of the trimester will be worth 35%.  As more assignments are added to the “Comprehension” category, the percentage value of a particular assignment will decrease.

Grade Code Descriptors:

“O” means that a student “Consistently Exceeds Grade Level Expectations”
Indicators:

›    Independently demonstrates an understanding of the key concepts and skills
›    Assignments are correctly and completely done and are on time
›    Overall performance and student products are superior and reflect a high degree
of individual thinking, fluency and proficiency

“G” means that a student “Often Exceeds Grade Level Expectations”
Indicators:

›    Rarely needs help to understand key concepts and demonstrate skills
›   Assignments are correctly and completely done and are on time
›   Overall performance and student products are very good and reflect a high degree of understanding, fluency and proficiency

“S” means that a student “Meets Grade Level Expectations”
Indicators:

›    Sometimes needs help to demonstrate understanding of key concepts and skills
›    Assignments are done on time and are generally complete and correct
›    Objectives for the grade have been achieved
›    Overall performance and student products are good and reflect enough understanding to communicate with others, including native speakers

“NI” means that a student “Needs Improvement and Extra Support”
Indicators:

›   Does not meet grade level expectations at this time
›  Student is just beginning to demonstrate understanding of concepts and skills
›   Assignments often are not completed and are not accurate
›   Overall performance and student products show little or no understanding
›   Requires teacher or parent support to complete tasks
›   Extra support is recommended in order to move to a satisfactory level