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Grading Policy & Regulation

North Bergen

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                                                                  GRADING SYSTEM


A.             Purpose of Grading

1.             The purpose of grading is to assist  pupils in the process  of learning;  all grading systems will be subject to continual review and revision to that end.

2.             Grades acknowledge a pupil's  demonstrated proficiency  in the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content  Standards, the Common Core  State  Standards, and  locally established learning goals and objectives:

a.            Active participation in and attention  to daily lessons,

b.             Frequent contribution to discussions,

c.             Prompt, thorough, accurate,  and neat preparation  of assignments,

d.             Thorough preparation and performance on tests and assessments,

e.             Display of an eagerness to learn and an inquisitive  approach  to lessons,

f.             Attention  to the need for proper materials,

g.             Cooperation with the teacher's efforts, and

h.             Willingness  to work to the best of his/her ability  and to do more than the minimum  expected.


B.             Preparation for Grading 

1.             Each pupil  must  be informed  of the  behavior  and  achievements expected  of him/her  at the outset of each course of study or unit of study.

2.            Each pupil must be kept informed  of his/her  progress  during  the course of a unit of study.  Pupils who so request  are entitled to see the grades resulting  from their performance during the grading  period.

3.             Each  method  of  grading  shall  be appropriate to the  course  of study  and  the maturity  and abilities of the pupils.

4.             Pupils should be encouraged to evaluate their own achievements.

5.             The process  of  review  and  revision   will  involve  teaching   staff  members, parent(s)  or legal guardian(s), and, as appropriate, pupils.



C.        Grading Periods

1.         Grades will be awarded  at the end of four marking  periods in each school  year.

2.         Pupils will  be  given  notice  of  their  mid-term   grades  at  mid-point   of  each marking  period.

3.         Pupils  will be given a final grade in each subject  at the end of the school  year.

4.         Grades  will  be  recorded  on  report  cards  for  parent(s)  or  legal  guardian(s) notification in accordance with Policy No. 5420 and Regulation No. 5420.

D.            Basis for Grading

The teacher responsible for assigning  a grade should take into consideration the pupil's:

1.             Completion of written assignments prepared in the classroom  or elsewhere; 

2.             Oral contributions in class,  including  discussion responses,  observations,  panel participation, presentations, initiation  of topics;

3.             Performance on oral and written tests and quizzes;

4.             Research into standard  references  and other background  materials;

5.             Oral and written reports on materials  read by the pupil;

6.             Laboratory work;

7.             Term papers;

8.             Special oral or written reports;

9.             Other evidence of the pupil's  constructive efforts  and achievements in learning; and

10.           For the final grade, the pupil's  attendance record, in accordance with Policy Nos. 5200, 5410, and 5460.


E.             Meaning of Grades 

1.               Definitions:

 a.              Core academic subjects are English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Social Studies and Science. 

b.               Elementary special subjects are Physical Education/Health, Art, Music, Computer Technology and World Language.


The following grades will be given in grades 3 through 8 core academic subjects and in all high school classes at the end of each marking period:


a.             A grade of A indicates superior performance.  It may be given to a pupil whose  achievement  is  significantly  above  grade level;  whose  work achieves a quality and quantity that consistently excels; and who demonstrates a high degree of initiative, application, and purpose.


b.            A grade of B indicates above average performance.  It should be given to a pupil whose achievement is above grade level; whose work frequently excels; and who generally demonstrates strength in the subject.


c.             A grade of C indicates average  performance.   It should  be given to a pupil whose achievement in most areas of the subject is average; whose work is acceptable; and who demonstrates a satisfactory degree of proficiency.


d.             A grade of D indicates below average performance.  It should be given to a pupil whose achievement in the subject is barely passing; whose work is the minimum acceptable for credit; and who demonstrates only weak proficiencies in the subject.


e.             A grade of F indicates failing  performance  and that no credit can be given for the subject.  It should be given to a pupil who has not met the minimum requirements of the course; who has demonstrated an inability or unwillingness  to master the basic elements of the course; or who has failed  to  meet the  minimum  attendance  standards  necessary  to  pass a course of study.


f.             Letter grades may be modified by plus or minus signs.


Special  subjects will be graded S (Satisfactory),  I (Improving),  N  (Needs Improvement) or U (Unsatisfactory).

Kindergarten through 2nd grade core academic subject standards/skills will be graded with ES (Exceeding Standard), MS (Meeting Standard), AS (Approaching Standard) or NS (Needs Support)

 2.             The following grading system shall apply to grades three through twelve:

 Grade       Range            


A+           100-97

A              96-93

A-             92-90

B+            89-87

B              86-83

B-             82-80

C+            79-77

C              76-73

C-             72-70

D              69-65

F               64-50

F-             49-0   (in the last marking period only with the permission of the Principal)


·      The following grading procedures shall apply to elementary grades PreK through two core subjects:

Standards Based Report Cards



·      The following grading procedures shall apply to elementary grades three through five core subjects:


Tests/Quizzes/Projects   25%                 Classwork  25%

Class Participation  25%                        Homework  25%



·      The following  grading procedures shall apply to elementary grades six through eight core subjects:


Tests/Quizzes/Projects   25%                 Classwork  25%

Class Participation  25%                               Homework  25%


·      The following grading procedures shall apply to elementary grades kindergarten through five special subjects:


Classwork  50%        
Class Participation  50%


·      The following grading procedures shall apply to elementary grades six through eight special subjects:


Classwork  45%

Class Participation  45%

Homework 10%


·      The following grading procedures shall apply to grades nine through twelve:

Health, Home Economics, Business, Art and Music (Non-Performing)


Tests/Quizzes/Projects   20%

Classwork  30%           

Class Participation  30%

Homework  20%


Math, ELA, Social Studies, and World Language

Tests/Quizzes/Projects   40%

Classwork  20%

Class Participation  20%

Homework  20%



Tests/Quizzes/Projects   40%     Classwork  25%

Class Participation  20%             Homework  15%



Physical Education/Music (Performing)


Class Participation/Classwork/Homework   90%

Project-Based Assessments  10%


Class participation, classwork, and homework will be rubric based. 

This grading procedure must be  reflected  in  Realtime  student  information  system  grade books.


No pupil in grades nine through twelve who is failing will receive a grade less than 55 for the first and second marking period and a 50 for the third marking period,  with  Principal  approval.    The fourth  marking  period,  the  pupil  can receive their actual grade, with Principal approval.


The following grading and summer school procedures shall apply to elementary school grades one through eight:

Pupils eligible to attend summer school, who elect to attend summer school and meet all of its requirements, including payment of all required charges will be attending  summer  school for six  hours,  if they  are  attending  summer  school because of failing two courses.

The following grading  and summer  school  procedures shall apply  to high school grades  nine through  twelve:

Pupils  who  receive  a final  grade  of  F will be eligible  to attend  summer  school

(three  hours per day) as a review course.


Pupils  who receive  a final grade of F and are over the days (attendance) will be eligible  to attend summer  school (six hours per day) as a

repeat course.


Pupils  who receive  a final grade lower than 50 will be eligible  to attend  summer school  (six hours per day) as a repeat course.


Pupils   who   receive   a  final   grade   of  A  through   D  but  are  over   the  days (attendance) will be eligible  to attend summer  school (three  hours  per day) as a review course.



Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
The following reporting/grading procedures shall apply to the preschool:

ES            Exceeding Standard

MS            Meeting Standard

AS            Approaching Standard

NS            Needs Support


The following grading procedures shall apply to Kindergarten core subjects:

ES            Exceeding Standard

MS            Meeting Standard

AS            Approaching Standard

NS            Needs Support


3.   A grade  of "Incomplete" will  be given  to those  pupils  unable  to complete the work  assigned to the course  for reasons  beyond  the pupil's  control,  such  as the pupil's  disability.


a.  A teacher  who submits  a grade of incomplete will accompany the grade with a reasonable  estimate  of the amount  of time the pupil will require to complete the work necessary  for the granting  of credit.


b.  Except  as  may  be required  by unusual  circumstances, make  up work should  be completed  within two weeks  of the end of the marking  period or, if the  pupil  is disabled  at the end of the  marking  period,  two  weeks after the pupil's  return to school.


c. The pupil's completed work will be graded and the teacher will submit a grade, which will replace the incomplete grade on the pupil's transcript.


d. A pupil who does not complete the work within the period allowed will receive a grade of zero for the incompleted assignment.



 F.            Appeal

1.            Each teacher is responsible for the determination of the grade a pupil receives for participation in the teacher's course of study.

 2.             Each teacher may be required to furnish reasons, supported  by evidence (see paragraph E above) to substantiate any grade earned.

 3.             If a grade is challenged by a pupil or a parent(s) or legal guardian(s), the teacher will convene  a conference and will explain the grading system and the reasons for the final grade.

 4.             If the parent(s) or legal guardian(s)  or pupil is not satisfied  by the teacher's explanations,  he/she may appeal the grade to the Principal, who will consult with the teacher and the pupil in an attempt to resolve the dispute.  The Principal will give every reasonable deference to the teacher's  professional judgment.

 5.             If the Principal determines that the grade should be changed, he/she will alter the grade on all records and indicate by whose authority the grade has been changed.

 6.            No reprisals will be taken in any form against a teacher who remains determined in his/her belief that the grade originally given is fair and correct.

 7.             The Superintendent  may hear an appeal from the Principal's  determination. Only in the  most  extraordinary  circumstances  will the  Superintendent  alter  a grade determined at the school building level.