To achieve a uniform grading policy, Elm Middle School uses the following numerical scale:
|SE||Showing Effort (Working Toward Standards)|
Turning "Incomplete" into a Passing Grade
"Incomplete" is a temporary grade that a student may receive in one or more classes if required assignments are not turned in by the end of a quarter due to documented illness or other extreme circumstances beyond the student’s control.
After receiving an incomplete, a student must finish and turn in all missing work within two weeks to earn a passing grade in that course.
Academic Support for Students Earning Low Grades
Elm students are expected to earn passing grades in each of their classes. For students having trouble meeting those expectations, we offer support through:
► Academic Advisory classes held for 30 minutes Monday through Friday
► Morning support classes during the 30-minute Exploratory period
► Assistance given in the classroom
► Homework Club after school from 3:05 to 4:05 p.m.
District 401's Policy on Grading
Procedures and practices in this area are governed by District 401's policy on grading and promotion, which can be found in Section 6:280 of the Board of Education's Policy Manual. The policy includes the following directives:
The Superintendent or designee shall establish a system of grading and reporting academic achievement to students and their parents/guardians. […]
Every teacher shall maintain an evaluation record for each student in the teacher's classroom. A District administrator cannot change the final grade assigned by the teacher without notifying the teacher. Reasons for changing a student's final grade include:
- A miscalculation of test scores,
- A technical error in assigning a particular grade or score,
- The teacher agrees to allow the student to do extra work that may impact the grade,
- An inappropriate grading system used to determine the grade, or
- An inappropriate grade based on an appropriate grading system.
Should a grade change be made, the administrator making the change must sign the changed record.
A searchable online version of the Board of Education's Policy Manual can be found here.