3000 - Educational Program

3400 Evaluation Of Student Progress

3400 Evaluation of Student Progress

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An evaluation system of students’ academic performance is necessary to help ensure that all students are succeeding within the framework of the educational goals and objectives of the board. The board believes that the formal issuance of student evaluations on a regular basis promotes continuous assessment of a student's performance; informs the student, his or her parents or guardians, and the school counselor about the student's performance and progress; and provides a system of notice that allows intervention strategies to be implemented if necessary to improve the student's performance.

Evaluation shall be based on clearly defined criteria that represent the attainment of content knowledge and skills and shall be consistent across grade levels and courses. Meaningful evaluation shall be based on mastery of standards during the particular evaluation period. Evaluation of the mastery of standards includes summative and formative assessments.  Summative assessments that determine mastery of the standards include but are not limited to unit tests, quizzes, standards-based projects, performance tasks, and final research project/presentation.  Formative assessments assessing progress towards mastery of the standards may include but are not limited to homework/classwork, quizzes, interactive notebook/journal check at end of unit/semester if grading the content, partially (potential) learned standards, individual content of a project/task, exit tickets, problem of the day/morning work, etc.  The relative value attached to any assessment shall be determined by the performance of the student toward achieving the course standards. The board encourages teachers and principals to pursue innovative methods of evaluating the mastery of studentprogress.

The superintendent or designee shall establish an evaluation system for assessing an individual student’s academic achievement and progress relative to standards-based benchmarks set for students at that instructional level. The evaluation system should include minimum and weighted grades. The evaluation system should provide for regular communication with parents so that they may be informed and involved in their child’s education.

All teachers across the system consistently use common grading and reporting policies, processes and procedures based on clearly defined criteria that represent each student’s attainment of content knowledge and skills.  Teachers shall evaluate student performance and keep accurate records in order to substantiate a grade or assessment given in a course. Academic grades should be awarded to students in a manner which describes, as accurately as possible, the extent to which student masteryhas occurred in relationship to the requirements of curriculum standards. Grading should be based on the progress the individual student has made towards mastery of the standards. Various evaluative techniques may be employed to assess student progress and to form the basis for determining the grade to be awarded. The determination of the grade to be awarded is a responsibility of the teacher.

The principal’s responsibility to supervise and oversee the teachers who work under his or her direction includes the authority to oversee the giving of course grades and, under appropriate circumstances, to change a course grade. The responsible exercise of the principal’s power to change a course grade requires due respect for the judgment of the teacher who awarded the grade and for the integrity of the grading process. In order to ensure that the integrity of the grading process is not compromised, the principal must exercise the authority to change grades in a responsible, cautious manner and only in the most extraordinary circumstances. The principal may exercise his or her authority to change a grade only after conferring with the teacher who assigned the grade and upon determining that the grade was awarded arbitrarily and capriciously (i.e., the grade was without any basis in fact, was awarded for reasons unrelated to the grading process or was awarded contrary to law or board policy). Prior to any grade change, the superintendent shall be notified in writing of the decision to make a grade change. This policy shall in no way conflict with a principal’s authority to change a pupil’s grade placement for a good and justifiable cause.

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Legal References:G.S. 115C-47, -81

Cross References:

Parental Involvement (policy 1310/4002), Goals and Objectives of the Educational Program (policy 3000)

Adopted:  April 11, 2011

Last Updated:August 9, 2016

Legal References:
G.S. 115C-47, -81
Cross References:
Parental Involvement (policy 1310/4002), Goals and Objectives of the Educational Program (policy 3000)
Adopted:
Monday, 11 April 2011
Last Updated:
Tuesday, 09 August 2016