2018-19 Joe Lee Johnson Elementary STEAM Academy Grading Guidelines

Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade

Students do not receive numerical grades in kindergarten, first and second grade. Students will receive meaningful feedback from their teachers to guide their learning. The RRISD Primary Report Card is a standards-based continuum, meaning that progress is reported on the knowledge and skills your child is expected to master at each grade level. The continuum is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and ranges from Performance Level 1 to Performance Level 4.

  • Level 1 - Exhibits skill/concept with direct guidance
  • Level 2 – Exhibits skill/concept with minimal guidance
  • Level 3 – Exhibits mastery of skill/concept
  • Level 4 – Exhibits understanding beyond grade level expectation.

Teachers assess a student’s performance level through observation, work samples, dialogue, performance tasks, and other informal and formal measures. Students are retaught at the time of need and given multiple opportunities to show mastery of a concept or skill.

Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade

Students earn numerical grades on a 0-100 scale.


According to District Policy (EIA Local), “a classroom teacher shall provide students a reasonable and fair opportunity to retake or redo failing work.” In our elementary schools, the focus is on reteaching to provide the student an opportunity to learn the objective and demonstrate an understanding of the concept. This reteaching will occur within 10 days, and corrections may be made to improve a grade up to a 70%.

Number of Grades per Quarter

District Policy (EIA Local) states that grading guidelines shall ensure that grades reflect a student’s relative mastery of an assignment and that a sufficient number of grades are taken to support the grade average assigned. Elementary teachers will take a minimum of seven grades each quarter in each core content area (reading, writing, math, science, social studies).

Grading Categories

Classwork/Daily Grades 70% (Homework may be no more than 10% of this)
Assessments 30%

When calculating a nine-week average for a content area, no single grade will count more than 30% of the total average. No two grades will count more than 50% of the total average.

Late Work

Our goal is for students to learn concepts being presented in class, regardless of the work being late. A deduction for late work may be given but will not exceed 10 points. The focus will be on finding ways to support students in being successful in work completion.

Specials Classes

Teachers in art, music and physical education (and Spanish for IB campuses) report student progress on the report card using the following terms.

E Excellent
S Satisfactory
N Needs improvement
U Unsatisfactory
Progress Reports/Conferences

A progress report will be sent home during the fourth week of each quarter if a student is not passing. A teacher shall request a conference with a student’s parents at the end of a nine-week period if the student’s grades are not passing. Parents and teachers may request a conference at any other time for other academic or behavioral concerns. Parents are able to view grades at any time through the Home Access Center.