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Grading Practices

Grading at DPMS

Grading practices at DPMS focus on student learning and provide feedback to students, parents, and teachers. District students receive letter grades starting in 7th grade and continue through grade 12. Here are a few reminders about grading practices at DPMS.

LIfe Skills Grades assess students’ following the Redbird Way at DPMS: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Engaged in Learning. Students are assessed on a scale of 1-4:

  • Respect
  • Follow classroom expectations and directions of all staff
  • Treat others in a kind, considerate manner
  • Work without distracting or disrupting others
  • Responsibility
  • Is on time and prepared for class
  • Complete and turn in assignments on time
  • Contribute to a safe environment for oneself and others
  • Engagement
  • Listen attentively and actively participate in class
  • Put forth his or her best effort
  • Advocate for self when needed    
 Marking Scale:
  • 4 = Independently meets expectations  
  • 3 = Meets expectations with minimal assistance
  • 2 = Partially meets expectations
  • 1 = Does not meet expectations at this time
Formatives are an assessment to help the teacher ‘check for understanding’ on student learning and inform teaching. Teachers will take formatives and determine the need for reteaching, teaching in a different way, work with small groups, and/or move on to the next learning target. Students do not retake formatives.
Summatives are an assessment given at the end of a unit of study. Students do have the opportunity to retake a summative assessment, whether written or project based, with the following conditions:
  • Student completes relevant assignments prior to a retake of the summative
  • Student creates a plan, with the teacher,  for the retake within one week of the date of the first summative
At the time of the unit summative assessment, no missing work from the unit will be accepted by the teacher. At this point, it is important for students to engage in current learning and not feel overwhelmed with both catching up and keeping up with learning. Exceptions are made when a student is ill or absent from school.
Check the portal periodically to see how your student is progressing in his/her learning.
Here are a few reminders about markings in the gradebook:
  • M = If you see an M it indicates the assignment is Missing
  • T = A teacher will often use a T to note the assignment is ‘Turned In’ but not yet graded. This is used with a project or written paper that may take several days for the teacher to grade. The T becomes a letter grade when the assessment is graded.
Thank you for being an integral partner in your child’s education. Please feel free to contact me at 337.1024, or any of your child’s teachers.
Mr. Kraemer