Explanation of the Specials Grades
Students earn an S+ by applying and utilizing concepts and skills
with independence. A student earning an S+ independently masters
knowledge in ways that demonstrate higher level thinking skills.
Typically, a few students perform at this level, achieving above and
Students earning an S demonstrate understanding of grade level
skills and concepts and require minimal support. An S throughout the
school year indicates strong, excellent work at grade level. This
mark is the GOAL for the grade level and should be celebrated. These
grades should NOT be considered equivalent to A B C D or F.
Students earning an S- are developing and progressing toward basic
understanding of grade level concepts and skills with assistance. A
student earning an S- has not yet met the standards but is
progressing toward achieving skills and learning grade level
concepts. Moderate support from teachers, parents, and/or peers is
needed. An S- indicates ongoing growth and progress with modest gains.
Students earning a U show an emerging awareness of concepts and
skills. A student earning a U is currently not meeting the grade
level standards. The student demonstrates an inconsistent
understanding and application of knowledge. More practice is needed
from students with intervention from teachers and parents.