The School District of New Berlin is committed to ensuring that all students’ grades accurately reflect their knowledge, skills and dispositions in alignment with the Vision of Our Graduate. SDNB educators also strive to provide all students with quality feedback throughout a course to help students grow and succeed.
A district Grading & Reporting Task Force has been working since about 2012 on transitioning to an Achievement-Based Grading (ABG) system. In September 2015, the new system was implemented for all students at our four elementary schools. At the secondary schools, it was implemented by a group of about 35 teachers and the students taking those teachers’ courses. In the fall of 2016, the new grading system will be used by all students K-12. Many other school districts are using standards-aligned grading systems, similar to ABG systems, including Pewaukee, Shorewood, Waukesha, Wauwatosa, West Allis-West Milwaukee, Whitnall, Middleton-Cross Plains, Stoughton and Sun Prairie.
How Grades Are Calculated
Students receive marks of 1, 2, 3 or 4 for all student assignments.
After three assessment marks are entered into a teacher’s gradebook they are averaged to identify a “point in time” letter grade. This letter grade will fluctuate as new marks are entered. At the end of the grading period, ALL marks in the gradebook are averaged to calculate a student’s letter grade. Example: a student in math received marks of 2, 3, 3, 4, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2 and 4. The average is 3.0 and the letter grade would be a B. See the grading scales below for elementary and secondary students (the secondary grading scale includes pluses and minuses):