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Thread: Actual grades?
12-12-2016, 02:28 PM #1
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Is there way to locate the actual grade of my student? A,B,C or is it just the percentages and N/A scores. I can't seem to find and grades anywhere in the reports. It's just a long list of N/A scores and random percentages here and there, no real grade to go by.
12-14-2016, 11:32 AM #2
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Re: Actual grades?
Hi! N/A means "not applicable". A score is not applicable to those activities, because they are intended to teach. You can compare teaching activities to a teacher, standing up in front of the class and giving instruction in how to do something. A student doesn't receive a score for that, even if the teacher asks the class a few questions and receives answers from students raising their hands. Scores are shown for some practice activities, for all assessment activities, and for no teaching activities.
Time4Learning isn't a school, so it does not issue grades. Time4Learning is a homeschool curriculum, so the parent is the teacher. Time4Learning provides score reports for all computer-scored work. The records are for parent information. You can use the information in the reports to calculate an actual grade using your preferred method. Every teacher has their own way to calculate a grade. Some only count test scores, some count tests and quizzes but weight tests more heavily, some count everything, so do only pass-or-fail, and so forth.
Parents grade their children's worksheets and writing assignments, and many people like to include those scores in their grade calculations . . . along with any additional work they might give their child.
There are online programs and software to help with grading.
Many homeschool families do not issue grades until high school, when they are necessary for preparing a transcript. Grades allow a teacher to easily communicate a student's progress to a parent . . . so many homeschoolers eventually decide they are not necessary. If your child is averaging in the nineties on their online lessons in a certain subject, you can probably assume most grading methods would consider that an A (excellent). Eighties is a B (above average), seventies a C (average), sixties a D (below average), and less than sixty is failing.
Many homeschool parents expect at least a score of 80 percent before they allow their child to proceed, since part of the beauty of homeschooling is being able to make sure your child is actually learning the material. Report cards simply let a child's teacher tell you he or she tried to teach certain things, and the student did not learn them. Then the child goes on to trying to learn something else.
So, along with answering your question about "where to find grades", I have interjected a bit of my own grading philosophy. Hope you found something in here of use.