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# Dear Parent,

I understand that grading can be confusing. Its easy enough to understand that an A might be
good, or a D is less than good, but understanding what an A actually means in terms of your
students learning is a lot harder to track. Thats why I am writing this letter to you, to help you
understand what it means when a student has an A, or a D in my class.
To begin we will start at the end. When your student hands you their report card at the very end
of the semester, the report will be divided into the students Product grade, and their Process
scores.

A product grade measures only the students academic achievement, it does not measure non-
academic achievements such as homework, in-class participation, punctuality, or cooperation
with their peers and myself. It measures only their level of mastery in each learning target.
I work from a system called Standards-Based Grading; which means that in each semester I
devise units that develop students skills in a particular standard (according to the Common Core
State Standard). That might be confusing, I know. A standard is another way of saying a learning
goal or objective for the unit.
In the end of each unit, I measure the students level of mastery in the given standard, by giving
them a final project, essay, oral report, performance, or test. Each of these assessments are worth
100 points, divided as such:

A= 100-80

B= 79-60

C= 59-40

D= 39-20

F= 19-0
Youll notice that the grades are divided equally so that each student has equal opportunity to
succeed. I also give students the opportunity to re-do, or retake these assessments, able to receive
full points. In fact, if the student has a C or less on an assignment, I make it necessary to re-do
the assessment. I do this because I want the grade to reflect the most current level of
understanding from the student.
With 5 units in the semester, the final grade is worth 500 points. So, there ability to meet each
standard and demonstrate their knowledge, determines their final grade. This cumulative grade is
divided as such:
A= 500-400

B= 399-300

C= 299-100

D= 199-90

F= 89-0
There report then, might look like something like this:
Literary Analysis 86 A
Narrative Building 85 A
Non-Fiction 92 A
Professional Writing 90 A

Process Scores:
Process measures the students effort in learning; not the end product, but the process.
Specifically, this measures four areas:
Homework (completion not correctness)
Participation
Cooperation
Punctuality
they are measured on a 3-point scale which is shown below:
3=consistently demonstrated
2=moderately demonstrated
1=rarely demonstrated
And
N/A= Not Assessed.
Therefore, your students scores for process, might look something like this:
Process Scoring
Homework 3
Participation 3
Cooperation 3
Punctuality 2
Below this on the report, I leave room for comments and feedback. Because I want to
communicate, not only in numbers, but in words, why the student received the score and grade
they have attained.

I hope that this letter may clear up any confusion or questions that you might have about
our grading system. If you still have questions (as I know that grading is a difficult thing to
understand), please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you might have.
My information is listed below:
Cullin Morgan
Email: cullinmorgan@highschoolname.edu
Phone: (999)888-7777. Ext. 2222
Room # 102