Grading and Promotion
The Board of Directors recognizes that it is the responsibility of teachers to assign grades; that no law or regulation confers upon students or parents any rights to request review or reconsideration of grades; and that the Illinois School Student Records Act explicitly exempts “grades” from records challenge procedures and requirements. Further, no change in grade may be made unless: 1) such change is effected pursuant to DAOES procedures; 2) there is notification to the teacher concerning the nature of and reasons for, such change; and 3) the changes made are initiated by the party making the change. Should a grade change be made, the administrator making the change must sign the changed record.
Evaluation and Grading of Student Achievement
A system of conventional grades is used since all participating schools employ such grading systems. The evaluation of student achievement under the Technology Center of DuPage Plan is based on performance standards derived from accepted practice in appropriate employment situations. Grades are reported using the Technology Center of DuPage Employability Growth Appraisal (EGA) form. Each Technology Center of DuPage goal includes minimally acceptable performance standards for employment which, therefore, should logically meet the common criteria of a “C” (“satisfactory”). Consequently, the following functional definitions of common grades in terms of proficiency levels will be used when evaluating student goal achievement.
A* Superior rate of growth towards employability.
B* Substantial rate of growth towards employability.
C* Acceptable rate of growth towards employability.
D UNSATISFACTORY OVERALL EMPLOYABILITY GROWTH RATE.
Performs below standards required for employment. No employability certificate will be issued if “D” is the final grade.
F UNSATISFACTORY OVERALL EMPLOYABILITY GROWTH RATE.
No acceptable growth rate of employability demonstrated in PRODUCTIVITY and/or EMPLOYABILITY TRAITS.
I Goal achievement appears probable but not yet attained – only to be used with permission of the Dean of Students based on existing circumstances.
* Students who, when tested for goal achievement, perform at a level warranting this grade, may not retest to improve their grades. This practice has been established to hold students responsible and accountable for effectively maintaining their own progress and to avoid excessive staff time devoted to unnecessary testing time at the expense of instruction time.
Recording Goal Achievement Grades
On each occasion wherein a student has requested performance (proficiency) testing on a goal, and a teacher has administered the test and made an evaluation, a grade will be determined immediately. These grades shall be shared with the student and recorded on the student’s goal card or goal list. It is imperative that accurate record keeping be maintained, as this will be used as the basis for quarter and semester grades and, eventually, the issuing of credit.
Determination of Periodic Grades
As noted in the Technology Center of DuPages’ Mission Statement, development of skills is part of our mission. These skills prepare students for employment. Employment success is dependent upon skill preparedness as well as on a number of other factors, such as efficient use of time, safety, attendance, initiative, cooperation and dependability, which are largely subjective but known to be critically important. To be employable, then, one must be both able to perform at the desired and expected level.
Grades awarded for goal achievement represent a student’s ability to perform as well as a demonstrated willingness to perform.
A student’s complete grade for a reporting period will be determined as shown on the EGA form and in Administrative Procedure 6:280 .
LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/2-3.64, 5/10-20.9a, 5/10-21.8, and 5/27-27.
23 Ill.Admin.Code §1.440.
CROSS REF.: 7:50 (School Admissions – TCD)
ADOPTED: January 18, 2007