For Parents

Parents and schools need to work together for the betterment of the students. Parents play an important role in providing support and building the confidence of their children. Parents should check some of the tips or activities they can use to develop their children’s confidence and improve their school experience.

Please check out this important information from our school nurse, Mrs. Doss.

At Brookfield Elementary, we are transforming our grading system to more of a detailed list of content standards rather than lumping them altogether for one letter grade.  This detailed list, gives the student, teacher and the parents specific areas of need as well as specific areas of mastery.  For example, students are given a pretest prior to any instruction.  The teacher can then modify her instruction to provide more practice for those scoring low and more challenging lessons for those scoring high.  The students can track their progress in their data notebooks and record their post test score to measure growth.  In 2017-2018, we started the standards-based grade card in the subjects of science and social studies and will hopefully transform the ELA and math subjects over to standards-based grading in the 2018-2019 school year.
The visual below compares traditional grading with standards-based grading practices.

Traditional Grading System Standards-Based Grading System
1. Based on assessment methods (quizzes, tests, homework, projects, etc.). One grade/entry is given per assessment. 1. Based on learning goals and performance standards. One grade/entry is given per learning goal.
2. Assessments are based on a percentage system. Criteria for success may be unclear. 2. Standards are criterion or proficiency-based. Criteria and targets are made available to students ahead of time.
3. Use an uncertain mix of assessment, achievement, effort, and behavior to determine the final grade. May use late penalties and extra credit. 3. Measures achievement only OR separates achievement from effort/behavior. No penalties or extra credit given.
4. Everything goes in the grade book – regardless of purpose. 4. Selected assessments (tests, quizzes, projects, etc.) are used for grading purposes.
5. Include every score, regardless of when it was collected. Assessments record the average – not the best – work. 5. Emphasize the most recent evidence of learning when grading.

This information was taken from an article by Matt Townsley.  The complete article can be found at