Grades in Language and Literature (English) are what are known as "standards-based." This means that we are looking at an ideal of what a 6th grade student should be doing in 6th grade, and grading in comparison with that idea.
What this means is that if a student is doing exactly what a 6th grader should be doing in 6th grade, they are meeting expectations, getting grades of mostly 6s and this will translate to a B.
To get an A, students need to go "above and beyond." This will look different for each assignment, but some examples of ways to do this include: making the ideas more complex, including more high level vocabulary, making the work more unified, and making the work longer...
Students who are below a B are still in the process of growing and developing their skills.
Students will have opportunities to improve scores on key assignments.
We will be looking at the student's overall standard of work- if all the grades are in the 6 range, but there is one grade in a significantly lower range, that grade will be indicated in the gradebook with a /X. This means it does not average in to the student's grade.
(The trickiest part of this is getting the gradebook system to calculate a grade that best reflects what the student is doing in class. It is important to look more at the consistant score and the grade than to look at the percentage.)
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