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Grades

Mercer Elementary has a standard grading procedure, as well as additional notations that indicate work in progress or incomplete work. Grades indicate the extent to which the student has acquired and demonstrated the necessary learning.

In general, students are assigned grades based upon test results, homework, projects and classroom participation. Each teacher may place a different emphasis on these areas when determining a grade and will so inform the students at the beginning of the course. If a student or parent is not sure how a grade will be determined, they should ask the teacher.

Administrators and teachers develop and share clear, consistent criteria and standards for grading, particularly when grades are based on subjective assessment, with the goal of helping each student and parent understand what behavior and/or achievement is needed to progress toward course learning goals. Students are also given the opportunity to assess their own achievements and areas of difficulty. When a student appears to be at risk of failure, teachers work with parents to determine what actions can be taken and support given to help each child excel.

Students receive a report card at the end of each grading period indicating their grades for each course of study. Reading, writing, mathematics, science/health and social studies are assessed. Effort, work habits and personal development are also measured.

In addition, music, art and physical education are measured in grades one through six. Elementary chorus is evaluated in grades five and six. 

GRADING SCALES

Grades K-2

For kindergarten through second-grade, the report card’s evaluation is as follows: 

Grade 3

For third-grade, the report card’s evaluation is as follows:

Grade 4-6

For grade four through grade six, the report card’s evaluation is as follows: