Grading Policy

Elm Middle School uses standards-based grading for students in grade 6. We implemented this change at the start of the 2021-22 school year.

Our students in grades 7-8 are assessed based on a traditional A-F scale.

For 6th Graders

As mentioned above, our students in grade 6 are now assessed according to standards-based grading. For an explanation of this approach, please visit our SBG overview page.

For 7th & 8th Graders

To indicate the scholastic progress of our 7th and 8th graders, Elm uses the following scale: 

  • A = 90-100
  • B = 80-89
  • C = 70-79
  • D = 60-69
  • F = 0-59

In addition, these grades may be supplemented by the following abbreviations:

  • LT = Late Transfer
  • I = Incomplete
  • 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 trimester 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.

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.