Minimum Grading Requirements - Elementary School (Grades K-5)

There are guidelines for the minimum number and types of grades a teacher must use to calculate a student's academic performance in a class. This ensures that students have an opportunity to truly show their knowledge of the subject and their ability to recall and apply that knowledge. Teachers may use more grades to calculate a student's score than the minimum required, but may not have fewer. Teachers will carefully plan to ensure that graded tests, quizzes, classwork, and homework assignments align with the required curriculum and have the necessary rigor to reflect student success in all areas.

Reading Foundational Skills

Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Word Recognition, Fluency, Vocabulary, etc.

This area provides progress in foundational skills necessary to be successful readers, including phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, spelling, etc. Some areas may only apply to one specific grade level.

Categories and percentage of grade:
50% = Test
40% = Classwork/Quizzes
10% = Participation/Homework

Minimum assignments:

  • 2 Test

  • 2 Quizzes

  • 6 Classroom Assignments

  • Homework

Reading and English Language Arts (ELA)

This area provides progress on students’ ability to read and comprehend text, including literature and informational text as outlined in state standards as elements of teaching reading.

Categories and percentage of grade:
50% = Test
40% = Classwork/Quizzes
10% = Participation/Homework

Minimum assignments:

  • 3 Test (Major Projects may count as test grades)

  • 3 Quizzes

  • 6 Classroom Assignments

  • Homework Assignments

Mathematics

Categories and percentage of grade:
50% = Test
40% = Classwork/Quizzes
10% = Participation/Homework

Minimum assignments:

  • 3 Test

  • 3 Quizzes

  • 6 Classroom Assignments

  • Homework Assignments

Social Studies

Categories and percentage of grade:
50% = Test
40% = Classwork/Quizzes
10% = Participation/Homework

Minimum assignments:

  • 2 Test (Projects may be a part of this category)

  • 2 Quizzes

  • 4 Classroom Assignments

  • Homework Assignments

Science

Categories and percentage of grade:
50% = Test
40% = Classwork/Quizzes
10% = Participation/Homework

Minimum assignments:

  • 2 Test (Major Projects may count as test grades)

  • 2 Quizzes

  • 4 Classroom Assignments

  • 1 Project required

Art, PE, Band, Music, Spanish

Category:
50% = Test
30% = Classwork/Quizzes
10% = Participation/Homework
10% = Quizzes

Minimum assignments:

  • 1 Test

  • 1 Quiz

  • 2 Classroom Assignments

  • Homework

Writing Across the Curriculum

Writing assignments in every area including Art, PE, Band, and Music.