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    ASSESSMENT AND GRADING EXPECTATIONS

    Douglass School Elementary School follows the Loudoun County Public Schools Expectations Regarding Assessment and Grading.

    GRADING AND REPORTING PROCEDURES

    Grades will primarily reflect how well the student has mastered the course objectives/standards.

    Summative assessments will comprise 90% of a student's grade. Summative assessments include tests, projects, simulations, portfolios and other approaches.

    Given the importance of formative assessments/activities in helping students gain and/or increase their understanding (and in helping teachers identify areas needing additional instruction), students will be required to maintain a portfolio consisting of the formative assessments/activities assigned during the marking period. The portfolio for these formative activities will comprise 10% of the final grade. Mastery and understanding of content is enhanced with a review of mistakes corrected and skills gained, and a portfolio provides a structure for this purpose.

    In order to demonstrate mastery/comprehension of a subject, students may retake any summative assessment they have not yet passed (with a C or better). However, before being administered a retake, the student must demonstrate an improved understanding of items he/she missed on the initial summative assessment (correcting previous test mistakes, completing /redoing formative assignments, conferencing with the teacher, etc.).

    Students may retake any summative assessment on their own time approved by the teacher. Retakes may require scheduling before or after school. Arrangements for transportation for these retakes will be the sole responsibility of the students.

    Summative assessments should not be limited to tests, but should include projects, simulations and other approaches (including student critique per a rubric).

    Students will be given a “Z” for formative or summative assessments not completed on time. Within the allocated grading period, appropriate deadlines will be established by the teacher especially for interim/quarter grades and end of course/semester grades. Any "Z" will be counted as zero in the grade calculation.

    When a formative assignment is entered into the Phoenix Grade Book, it will be linked to a standard/objective for the course (where course objectives have been added into the Phoenix Grade Book). The Phoenix Grade Book will be updated at least every two weeks.

Grading Legend

  • Exempt = Student is exempt from an assignment and the assignment will not be included in any grade calculation.
    Missing = Student has NOT completed the assignment and the assignment counts as a zero in grade calculations until it is turned in and the grade is entered. The “Missing” comment will display until the assignment is turned in and the grade is entered.
    Turned In = The assignment has been turned in, but not yet graded. The assignment is not included in any grade calculation until a grade is entered.
    Late-Turned In = The grade given may reflect the fact that the assignment was turned in late.
    Absent on Due Date =The student was absent when the assignment was due. If the grade is entered, the grade is included in grade calculation.
    Floor Grade = The grade is not reflecting the grade earned, but reflects the practice of "floor" grades.
    Grade Revision Pending = Initial grade recorded, waiting on revision from student for final grade. Entered grade is included in grade calculation.

District Announcements

  • 4/8/2021 Report Card Menu Hidden

    The Report Card menu in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be hidden until 4 pm Monday, April 19 to allow teachers to post grades. View your child's current grades by clicking on the Grade Book menu.

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  • 3/31/2021 PVUE iOS Push Notifications Disabled

    ParentVUE push notifications for grading and attendance information on iOS devices were disabled by Apple on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. If you use the ParentVUE mobile app on an iOS device to enable push notifications for grading or attendance information, these notifications have stopped. 

    If you would like to receive similar information via email, please follow the instructions in the Opt-in/Out of Push Notifications or Emails PDF (English) (Spanish) to enable email notifications.

    • Grading email notifications: Sent once weekly on a day you select for secondary students only. 
    • Period attendance email notifications: Sent whenever a student is marked absent or tardy to class (all secondary parents were opted into these email notifications at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year).

    LCPS is working with the vendor to enable this function in a future version of the ParentVUE iOS mobile app.

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  • 3/8/2021 PVUE Name Pronunciation

    Starting March 12, 2021 parents may use the ParentVUE mobile app to record the proper pronunciation of a child's name. This recording will be available to teachers, counselors, school administrators and school support staff. To get started, review resources on the ParentVUE Name Pronunciation page.

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  • 2/17/2021 Online Pre-registration for 21-22 SY

    Starting February 17, 2021 LCPS will be accepting Online Pre-registrations for new students for the 2021-22 SY. Read more on the LCPS Registration pages.

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