2022-2023 Grading Policy Overview
PS 86 Guiding Principles for the 2022-2023 School Year:
Students’ grades are evaluative and descriptive tools that help communicate what they have learned. Grades provide students with an understanding of and progression through an instructional content area. Grades are shared and interpreted among families, teachers, administrators and other stakeholders. Grades are awarded in a consistent, equitable, objective, and transparent fashion aimed at serving the following purposes:
● Demonstrate a student’s level of understanding and skills in an instructional content area, at a specific point in time
● Reveal areas of improvement and instructional content areas still in need of support
● Inform teachers’ curricular, instructional, and organizational decisions
● Identify students who need more assistance or differentiated learning
● Influence promotion decisions and the middle school admissions process
3 Marking Periods:
- MP1 September 8 - November 2
- MP2 November 3- March 9
- MP3 March 10 - June 27
Teachers will document areas of improvement for all students using STARS Comment Codes.
Grading Scales (MP1, MP2, MP3)
- 4- Excels in Standards; Exceeds Grade Level Expectations
- 3- Proficient; Meets Grade Level Expectations
- 2- Below Standards
- 1- Well Below Standards
- E-U Scale for Personal & Academic Scoring Indicators
- N-Needs Improvement
*“NL” must be used in cases where there is insufficient information to determine whether a student has met standards due to the student enrolling in a course after it has started. New or recently admitted students may have missed assignments or assessments needed to generate a complete course grade for a given marking period and thus should receive an "NL" score.
|4 - Excels in Standards||92-100%|
|3 - Proficient||80-91%|
|2 - Below Standards||65-79%|
|1 - Well Below Standards||0-64%|
Excellent attendance is a crucial requirement for doing well in school. Students may be absent for illness, emergencies, or for religious observance, but the goal is for every student to be in school every day. A student who has 90% attendance is missing one month of instruction. A student with less than 90% attendance is considered chronically absent.
● Attendance is a required, legal record of whether a student was in school or not.
● Absences may be excused--but are not eliminated--for religious observance, illness, or other reasons defined at each school.
● Attendance can be part of academic plans and grading policy but cannot be a sole factor in determining grades or promotion.
● Families are advised to schedule trips and vacations when school is not in session to minimize interruption in schoolwork that may impact academic progress.
*Attendance is considered a non-mastery measure of student performance. Students may not pass or fail based solely on non-mastery measures, but rather based on how well they demonstrate their understanding of the content and skills required in the various content areas.
Instructional Content Areas
P.S. 86x follows The New York State Next Generation English Language Art and Mathematics Learning Standards approved by the State Board of Education. Students are required to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to read, write, compute, problem solve, think critically, apply technology, and communicate across all subject areas.
PS 86 uses the Work Sampling System as its primary source of assessment in Pre-K
The Work Sampling System:
• Collects information on student work and compares it to grade-specific guidelines
• Identifies what children are learning, what they are beginning to master, and what they still need to work on
• Informs curriculum and instruction planning