Grading and Testing
Student Progress Reports
Elementary report cards will be sent home every semester. Midterm reports are sent home every nine weeks. Parents can also stay informed about student academic progress by signing up for the parent portal. Parent conferences are held during the second and third quarters. Teachers will contact parents to schedule these conferences.
The Kindergarten Progress Report is designed to be used to assist teachers in evaluating the on-going growth and development of their students, as defined by the AKS. Each indicator on the Progress Report is marked at the appropriate level of progress. Indicators are signals of development as well as the level of progress toward specific objectives. The major purpose of the reporting instrument is to inform parents about the growth, development, and academic progress of their child every nine weeks as defined by the AKS.
First graders are assessed on progress toward the AKS by the following scale in academic areas, effort, conduct, art, music, health, physical education and:
E = Surpasses Standards
S = Satisfactory
N = Needs to Improve
U = Unsatisfactory
Second - Fifth Grade
The grade earned is a report of the individual student's progress, as defined by the AKS, to the student, to his or her parents, and to others who are concerned with the student's progress in education. When reporting progress in academic subjects for grades 2-5, the following scale will be used:
Excellent Progress = A = 90 and above
Above Average Progress = B = 80-89
Average Progress = C = 74-79
Below Average Progress = D = 70-73
Unsatisfactory Progress = U = Belowe 70
Students will receive grades in Language Arts, Spelling, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies and Health on their report cards each semester. Students are scheduled to attend Physical Education (PE), Art, Music, STEAM 1, STEAM 2, and LA Enrichment on a regular basis with their entire class. When reporting grades for Effort, Art, PE, Music, Health, STEAM, LA Enrichment, and Conduct, the following scale will be used:
E = Excellent
S = Satisfactory
N = Needs to Improve
U = Unsatisfactory
Early release days, two days in the fall and two days in the spring, are provided to conduct parent conferences for the purpose of discussing student progress. The Grades 1-5 Literacy Standards Report will be used to help report student progress in reading and writing. Its main purpose is to provide more specific information at the Fall and Spring Early Release Conferences and/or additional communication at other parent conferences or regular grading periods. Fall early release dates are October 24-25, 2018 and spring early release dates are February 20 -21, 2019.
Special Education programs are designed to fit the individual needs of the child and operate on a resource and self-contained basis. Some of these programs include Speech and Language, Interrelated Resource, ASD Level 2, ASD Level 3, and MOiD. These programs address students identified as ASD,SLD, OHI, S.I. Developmental Delays, and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders. Referrals for Special Education are made at a Student Support Team (SST) meeting. Parent and teachers may refer a student to SST.
Gifted Education Program
Students who meet state criteria and guidelines are served through our school gifted education program (FOCUS). Students are served through an interdisciplinary model. Teachers, counselors, parents, or administration may refer a student for an evaluation. The eligibility team determines eligibility and placement in the FOCUS program. Criteria for placement are established by the Georgia State Department of Education and may differ from that in other states. Students transferring from out of state must meet Georgia requirements for placement. Students transferring within the state, having met eligibility requirements, may be considered for placement in the gifted education program.
Homework is an extension of the learning process that reinforces Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) that have been taught in class. It is also a method of helping students establish self-discipline and study skills. Time spent on homework should promote productive and positive experiences. Homework is a way to keep parents informed and involved with their child’s schoolwork. Parents can help students with homework by reviewing it and offering encouragement and reinforcement. It is also beneficial for parents to help their child establish set times to complete homework without distractions. Homework assignments will be written in the students’ agenda book. Your child’s teacher may also place homework assignments on their eClass page. If your child has no current assignments, the time can be used for reading.
Teachers provide students with hands-on engaging activities during the school day. Due to the level of rigor of instruction, teachers are not able to complete packets of work to send home with students during unexcused or excused absences. Assignments missed during a short or long term absence will be given upon the child’s return. Students will have 3 days to make-up missed assignments. Students who will miss ten or more days due to serious illness may be eligible for homebound instruction.
Hopkins Elementary administers state, district, and local assessments to help measure and monitor student progress and mastery of AKS/Common Core. Please mark your calendars for the state assessments. District Assessments are administered at the beginning of the year, at the end of each quarter, and at the end of the year. Students also take local assessments throughout the year to monitor
mastery of standards. Please check your child’s agenda for dates for the classroom assessments. State assessment dates will be posted on the school website, marquee, on the newsletter, and in your child’s agenda.