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Help with grading.

kathleen W
I'm new to homeschool/Mbtp. What is the best approach to grading assignments? I have to turn in a grade for my school. We have the 8 to 10 and 10 to 12.
Angela B
College Station, TX
Hi! Moving Beyond the Page does not have a standard grading system because it's curriculum. Parents and home educators can choose their own grading scheme that fits their needs. Check with your school to ensure you aren't required to take certain types of grades.

MBtP offers a variety of daily activities that you can use to give daily grades, and final projects would be appropriate to use as "test grades."

You could also utilize Learning Gates Quizzes for quiz grades in spelling and math in 8-10 and spelling in 10-12.

I hope this helps!
Angela B
College Station, TX
What About Grades?

If your child attended a traditional school, he probably got graded on just about everything. Now
that you're the teacher, you may be struggling to figure out what to grade, how to grade, or
whether to assign grades at all.

First, I have to assign grades, right?

It depends on what state you live in. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the grading and
recordkeeping requirements of your state. Some states require you to submit a final grade in
each subject at the end of the year, and some have no grading requirements at all. Even if you
need to submit grades, you often have flexibility in how you make your assessments. For
example, instead of grading individual assignments, you may be able to keep a portfolio of your
child's work and grade it holistically at the end of the semester or school year.

When should I start assigning grades?

You should take your child's age and personality into account. For elementary-aged students,
the focus should be on learning and exploring. At those ages, use missed problems as an
indication for review or an opportunity for improvement. Focus on giving your child constructive
feedback on assignments instead of grades.

If or when you decide to assign grades, you don't have to share them with your child. If your
child is motivated by grades, you may choose to share his scores with him. Otherwise, you can
reserve them for your own records.

What assignments should I grade?

If you want to assign grades, focus on tests, major writing assignments, and final projects. For
homework assignments, check your child's work and give him an opportunity to make
improvements. For example, he can correct missed math problems, provide more complete
answers to science questions, or revise a paragraph for language arts.

Even if you grade major assignments, be sure to also give your child specific feedback on what
he excelled on and which areas needed attention. Rubrics, either those provided in the lesson
or custom ones you create yourself, work well for this purpose. You may also want to assign a
tentative grade for a project and then give your child the opportunity to revise his work before
you assign a final grade.

Likewise, you can ask your child to correct missed test questions and give half credit for
corrected answers. For example, if a test has 25 questions, each question would be worth 4
points each. A child who missed 3 questions but subsequently corrected 2 of them successfully
would have a final score of 92.

What about math quizzes?

In the Moving Beyond the Page math curriculum, quizzes are used as tools to help assess your
child's understanding of the concepts covered in a lesson. You will receive an email whenever
your child completes an online quiz, and that email includes the percentage of questions your
child answered correctly. It is not a grade, however. Here's how to interpret the quiz results:

● At the end of every lesson, your child will take a short Learning Gates quiz about
concepts covered in that lesson. If he misses any problems, don't worry. Learning Gates
quizzes are adaptive, so any missed questions are repeated in later quizzes (your child
will receive either the exact question or a different question about the same topic).

● Some math lessons contain standalone quizzes. These quizzes look similar to Learning
Gates quizzes, but the questions in standalone quizzes are not repeated later. Use
these quizzes as indications of your child's understanding of the specific topic or skills
covered in the quiz. In other words, if your child misses several questions, it may indicate
that he needs to review a concept more thoroughly.
kathleen W
Thank you for the information.