Navo Middle School Grading Practices Statement

    Navo Middle School’s grading practices are grounded in the understanding that the primary goal of grading and scoring is communication through effective feedback.  We believe that, given appropriate instruction, feedback, and time, each Navo Middle School student can be successful.  Grades shall reflect what a student knows and is able to do based on clearly established standard, our Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  Additionally, grades shall provide information and evidence that students can use for self-evaluation.

    Effective grading is key in the instructional process.   Effective grading practices allow teachers and parents to provide our students appropriate academic support.  At Navo Middle School, our teachers understand the importance of their responsibility in establishing effective grading practices.  Grading and scoring shall be timely, accurate, specific, and fair.

    Guiding principles should lead and direct the actions of all stakeholders in our students’ education.

    1. Assessment scores must be based solely on achievement of standards. Factors such as effort, growth, attendance, behavior, and attitude will be reported separately.

    2. In order to make valid, reliable judgments, multiple varied assessments will be used to grade on a standard/essential outcome. Written responses, oral responses and performance-based assessments are all considered acceptable forms of assessment.

    4. A student’s level of achievement of a standard/essential outcome at any given time is best approximated by trends evident in his/her most recent assessments. In order to determine the student’s current level of proficiency with respect to the standard, teachers use professional judgment based on evidence (Wormeli, 2009).   If a student’s proficiency is judged to not meet the academic standard, our grading practices reflect a continuum of services provided before a student is reassessed. 

    5. Students are expected to complete all work on time and in its entirety.  The use of zeroes for missing or incomplete assignments is misleading. In the context of a standards-based grading system, a zero indicates the lack of any knowledge or skills. Therefore, a zero for missing or incomplete assessments/assignments does not accurately represent a student's level of knowledge in regard to the standards. A symbol such as MSG (missing) will be used instead.  The MSG will be used until the student completes his or her assignment.

    6. Multiple opportunities allow students to demonstrate their level of competence with respect to a standard. This requires additional learning on the part of the student, and possibly additional teaching by the teacher before another assessment opportunity. Wherever possible/practical, students should be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate their current level of understanding and mastery of standards.  Please refer to the “Navo Procedures for Reassessment” at the following link:  http://www.dentonisd.org/cms/lib/TX21000245/Centricity/domain/4383/2014-2015/docs/Navo%20Middle%20School%20Procedures%20for%20Reassessment.pdf