Elementary Grading Practices
Elementary teachers are using proficiency scales developed at the district level to plan and measure student progress toward learning targets in all content areas. Proficiency scales are consistent 0-4 point grading scales with performance indicators, allowing the teacher to better track a student's progress on what they are learning and if they have mastered the content.
Social skills, turning in and completing assignments, effort, and behavior are reported separately on the elementary progress report. These are important aspects for success in school and life; however, they should not inflate or deflate a student's academic grade which reflects their understanding of grade level standards.
Extra credit or bonus points for non-academic purposes will not be used. For example, bringing classroom supplies, while appreciated, will not be part of a student's academic grade. If students are not making progress towards mastering skills and concepts, teachers may provide additional assignments and activities that will help the student improve their grade.
Watch: Teachers from across the Wichita Public Schools share their experiences utilizing Standards-Referenced Grading in the classroom.