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Grading Elementry Classroom Music

General Music Grading Policy
Elementary school music teachers will issue grades to all classes. These grades shall reflect State Standards and Local Board of Education Policies. Teachers will teach toward the objectives outlined in Fulton County Board of Education Policy IB, their grade and subject matter scope-and-sequence charts, State and National standards, and their curriculum guides.
 
Subject Grade in General Music K-5
Elementary music specialists are allotted 45 minutes of instructional time for each class once a week for eighteen weeks per semester. There are usually less than 18 lessons for each class because of assemblies, holidays, and the like.  For elementary general music, a semester grade is based on a minimum of 9 grades.  These grades assess content learning by indicating the degree to which the student has fulfilled the intent of the state standards addressed in the music class.  Grade reports are given four times each year for general music students. These grades are for the 9-week and 18-week grading periods each semester. Kindergarten and first grade students receive S, N, or U for grades and S, N, or U for conduct. Second grade through fifth grade students receive A, B, C or F for grades and S, N, or U for conduct. If a student has attended fewer than four classes in any grading period, he or she should receive NG for both the grade and conduct.
 
Grades may be based on the following:

  • Quizzes and tests
  • oral responses to questions
  • teacher observation
  • student demonstration (performance assessment)
  • class participation
  • extra projects
  • respecting music as a subject, evidenced by use of knowledge about music
  • caring for and responsible use of instruments and materials
  • following directions, when the process is indicative of content knowledge
  • completing/following through on assignments
  • distinguishing self in contributing to group work and discussions
  • (teacher) observing for student understanding
  • (teacher) "interviewing" individuals or small groups of students for comprehension

Conduct Grade in General Music K-5
Rules must be clearly defined, few in number, and stated clearly and concisely. Teachers discuss with students all rules and students are aware of consequences for not following them.
  
Art Grading Policy
 
Elementary school art teachers will issue grades to all classes. These grades shall
reflect State Standards and Local Board of Education Policies. Teachers will teach
toward the objectives outlined in Fulton County Board of Education Policy, their
grade and subject matter scope-and-sequence charts, State and National standards, and
their curriculum guides.
 
Subject Grade in General Art K-5
Elementary art specialists are allotted 45 minutes of instructional time for each class once a week for eighteen weeks per semester. There are usually less than 18 lessons for each class because of assemblies, holidays, and the like. For elementary general art, a semester grade is based on a minimum of 9 grades. These grades assess content learning by indicating the degree to which the student has fulfilled intent of the objectives addressed in the art class. 

The following guidelines must be used and tailored appropriately for K-1 and 2-5:
At least three of nine grades should be based on verbal assessments that help the teacher determine how well students have     learned the art content. A verbal assessment involves language – oral or written – and may take forms such as

  • quizzes and tests correlated to our curriculum and instructional resources
  • teacher-made quizzes and tests
  • critique sheets
  • essay formats
  • rubrics
  • orally presented or written role-play, debate, report, or book review
  • oral or written responses to questions based on slides or reproductions
  • participation in guided class discussions designed for assessment.

Up to three grades may be based on non-verbal forms of assessment, such as

  • teacher observations
  • student demonstration (performance assessments
  • class participation
  • sketchbooks
  • portfolios (assessment may be simple or complex, formal or informal)
  • extra projects, readings, writings, reporting.

Up to three grades may be based on art teacher judgment:
Begin with the assumption that every child has three “A” grades for this category, dropping each “A” only by exception.  These grades must be related to art learning and participation (do not confuse them with symbols used for conduct [S, N or U]). Criteria for lowering and/or restoring to “A” either of the three judgment grades may involve the following, either in a positive or negative way:

  • respecting art as a subject, evidenced by use of knowledge about art
  • caring for and responsible use of tools and materials
  • following directions, when the process is indicative of content knowledge
  • completing/following through on homework assignments
  • distinguishing self in contributing to group work and discussions
  • distinguishing self in questioning and responding orally
  • doing extra work, or making extra effort beyond the art class
  • [teacher] observing for student understanding
  • [teacher] “interviewing” individuals or small groups for comprehension.
     

Grade reports are given four times each year for general art students. Grades will be reported at 9, 18, 27 and 36 weeks.
Kindergarten and first grade students receive S, N, or U for grades and S, N, or U for conduct. Second grade through fifth grade students receive A, B, C or F for grades and S, N, or U for conduct. If a student has attended fewer than four classes in any grading period, he or she should receive NG for both the grade and conduct.
 
 
Conduct Grade in Genral Art K-5
Rules of conduct for in-class behavior should be established the first time the teacher meets with each class.  Rules, or expectations, must be clearly defined, few in number, and stated clearly and concisely.  Make sure that students (a) understand each rule and (b) understand that you can and will enforce each rule and its associated consequences.
 
 
 
Physical Education Grading Policy  
Elementary physical education specialists will issue grades to all classes. These grades shall reflect State Standards and Local Board of Education Policies. Teachers will teach toward the objectives outlined in Fulton County Board of Education Policy, their grade and subject matter scope-and-sequence charts, State and National standards, and their curriculum guides.
 
Subject Grade in Physical Education K-5
Elementary physical education specialists are allotted 45 minutes of instructional time for each class twice a week for eighteen weeks per semester. There are usually less than 36 lessons for each class due to assemblies and holidays.  For elementary physical education, a semester grade is based on a minimum of 9 grades.  Grades are given four times each year. These grades are for the 9-week and 18-week grading periods each semester. Kindergarten and first grade students receive S, N, or U for grades. Second grade through fifth grade students receive A, B, C or F for grades. Students are evaluated based on: class participation, skill development and social skills. Students are not graded on “natural ability.”  Measures to assess progress may include but are not limited to: quizzes, journals, portfolios, rubrics, self-evaluations, group work, demonstrations, and teacher observations.
 
 
Conduct Grade in Physical Education K-5
Rules are posted in the gym.  The teachers clearly define and state them. Teachers have discussed with the students all of the rules and students are aware of consequences for not following them.
 
A student that misbehaves is given a yellow behavior slip to fill out.  After two yellow behavior slips in one class period, or three yellow slips in a grading period, the student receives a conduct note that is sent home.  The conduct note needs to be signed and returned to the P.E. department.  Once the student gets a conduct note sent home, his/her conduct grade will be lowered.  Each additional yellow behavior slip will result in another lowering of the conduct grade.  Kindergarteners through fifth grade students receive S, N, or U for conduct.

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