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Grades

Grades

Teachers at Marion City Schools use an online grading system called PowerSchool. This program allows both parent/guardian and student internet access to individual grades, including class averages and scores on assignments. New accounts and passwords will be established early in the fall.

Parents/guardians should feel free to contact the school at any time if they have a concern about their child's academic progress. Appointments to meet with individual teachers or teams can be made through your child's school counselor.

Marion City Schools has a standard grading procedure as well as additional notations that may indicate work in progress or incomplete work. Grades indicate the extent to which the student has acquired the necessary learning. In general, students may be assigned grades based upon test results, homework, projects, and classroom participation. Each teacher may place a different emphasis on these areas when determining a grade and will so inform the students at the beginning of the course. If a student is not sure how his/her grade will be determined, he/she should ask the teachers.

Grades indicating student progress are given four times each year. A report card is sent home with the student at the end of each grading period. Families may always check online for more timely updates. Conference days are available during specific and scheduled times of the year. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to attend the conferences to talk about their child's progress.

Standards Based Grading for Elementary Schools

Marion City School Elementary families will continue to receive personalized and specific student report cards about their child’s progress as implemented last school year. These reports will shift from a traditional A-F letter grade that summarizes student learning, which often includes non-academic components such as participation and behavior, to a standards based report. This report will provide a deeper, more detailed understanding of each student’s performance in each academic area they are learning, as well as  specific information about performance in areas such as behavior and participation.  The standards based reports will allow families and students to receive clear communication regarding what a student knows and is able to do and will allow for improved communication and more personalized support for each student and their familyFor more information refer to our Marion City Schools SBG Parent Guide.


What changes will I see?


The traditional letter grades of A-F  were replaced with numbers last school year. In an effort to continue to improve communication on student progress, parents will see letters again this school year but not the traditional A-F.  These levels clearly define what students know and are able to do in terms of their grade level standard. A score of M (Mastery) is the expectation for the end of the school year just as a 3 was the expectation for the end of the school year. 


Scores & Descriptors

Progressions of Learning

Mastery

Student demonstrates mastery of the end-of-year grade-level standard.

EP

Making Expected Progress

The student is making expected progress in meeting the end-of-year grade-level standard.

LP

Limited Progress

 The student is making less than expected progress in meeting the end-of-year grade-level standard.

NY

Not Yet

Limited evidence/Area of Concern

NY

Not Yet

Limited evidence/Area of Concern



How will I access student grades and progress?


Marion City Schools will still be using PowerSchool for reporting scores for students. You will be able to view your child’s activity within the platform. Students and families will continue to receive report cards at the end of each quarter and interim reports midway through each quarter. 


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