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RE: [teacherartexchange] grading elementary art

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Heather_Hayes_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Oct 14 2009 - 08:22:37 PDT


1. Are you required to give grades? Yes

2. If so, what are the grades (ex. A, B, or E, S,)Ours is a bit
complicated. K-2 have a # system. 4 = demonstrates abililty ABOVE grade
level, 3= MASTERY of skill or concept, 2 = exibits skill/comcept w/
minimal guidance, 1 = needs direct guidance. Obviously, most kids wind up
with a 2. We've had some issues with parents not understanding the
system, they want their kid to have a 3 or 4, because they're thinking
that those translate into Excellent and satisfactory, and a 2 must be
unsatisfactory. We use the same systems to assess both concepts AND
participation (kid gets 2 grades).
3-5, we give numerical grades that instead of translating into A, B, C,
etc - translate into Excellent, Satisfactory, Needs improvement and
unsatisfactory. I think the letter and the number are both printed on the
report card.

3. Do you have a required number of assessments for each nine weeks? or a
semester? For 3-5, We're required to have at least 2 categories of
assessment (I do projects and participation) with at least 3 grades in
each category.

4. How many times do you see your students? Once a week for 50 minutes,
with an occasional 25 minute extra class thrown in

5. What state do you teach in? TX

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