In 2013-14, BCPS is implementing a revised grading regulation. One of the most noticeable changes is the creation of a 10 point scale for letter grades in all courses in grades 3-12.
Aside from this change, we are placing an increased emphasis on assessing students formatively (along the way to provide feedback) and summatively (at the end of a unit of instruction). Summative grades will make up at least 70% of students' quarter grades. Formative assessments will be identified, count no more than 30% of a grade, and be used as feedback to help students learn concepts.
Teachers in all grade levels will be encouraged to tie assignments to specific learning standards in order to monitor student progress on these skills and concepts. In grades K-2, report cards will be standards-based. This type of feedback to students and parents gives specific information about what students have mastered and what they still need work on.
This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page
helps provide additional information.
These resources provide some insight into the types of thinking our teachers will be doing as we implement these new grading procedures:
Math teacher blog
A grading author's webpage
PowerTeacher's grading page
Interesting take on formative/summative grading