Principles of Assessment and Grading
Middle School Grading Guidelines
Douglas County School District RE.1

How are Content Grades determined?

1. Content Grades are based on student demonstration of academic achievement; therefore, Content Grades are:
  • Determined by a body of evidence that supports the achievement of standards/checkpoints in a content area.
  • Determined through the use of multiple assessments over time as well as the opportunity for retakes if necessary. Retake opportunities/multiple opportunities for demonstration of learning are an integral part of standards-based grading and reporting. These practices should be consistent within departments.
  • Reflective of tasks completed, whether in or out of class, to demonstrate an understanding of content knowledge and skills (e.g. assessments, demonstrations, projects, presentations, research papers, etc.).

2. Content Grades for each quarter reflect the standards and checkpoints embedded in the course during that grading term and should be aligned accordingly with expected progress for the grading term. Content Grade Descriptors for Quarterly Grading Scale Evidence of student learning...

A= Exceeds standards/checkpoints for this grading period.
B= Meets standards/checkpoints for this grading period.
C= Is progressing toward standards/checkpoints for this grading period.
D= Does not meet standards/checkpoints for this grading period. Interventions are necessary for standards/checkpoints in this grading period.
I = Insufficient evidence at this time. Interventions are necessary for standards/checkpoints in this grading period.

How are Work Habits grades determined?

1. Work Habits Grades are based on student demonstration of behaviors related to work completion, preparedness for learning, participation, and following classroom expectations. These behaviors contribute to academic success as well as the ability to be lifelong learners and positive contributors to society. Specifically, Work Habits Grades are:

  • Determined based on tasks that are assigned for practice or preparation, including homework completion and homework quality.
  • Determined by other factors such as class participation, work ethic, neatness, effort, attendance, punctuality of assignments, class behavior and attitude, student notebooks and journals. This data may be collected through observation.
Work Habits Grade Descriptors for Quarterly Grading Scale
A=Work habits consistently exceed expectations.
B=Work habits consistently meet expectations.   
C=Work Habits inconsistently meet expectations
U=Work habits do not meet expectations. 
Link to or copy and paste DCSD Content standards for your curriculum.