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 Schools is always seeking to improve and personalize learning for each and every student. Starting in the 2021-2022 school year, Marion City School Elementary Families will begin receiving more personalized and specific student report cards about their child’s progress. 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 family. For more information refer to our Marion City Schools SBG Parent Guide.
What changes will I see?
The updated report cards will look different than traditional report cards have. Each report will include more specific information around expected areas of learning within each academic area. The traditional letter grades of A-F will be replaced with numbers based on a student’s progression of learning. The scores are 0-3. These levels clearly define what students know and are able to do in terms of their grade level standard. These proficiency scales will reflect the content taught specifically by your child’s classroom teacher.
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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