Hawaii Schools Grading Policy

Overview of Grading Policy 🏫

Hawaii’s grading policy aims to provide a clear and consistent framework for assessing student performance. The state uses a combination of traditional letter grades and a mastery scale to ensure that students receive comprehensive evaluations of their academic progress. The policy emphasizes fairness, transparency, and a focus on meeting educational standards.

Grade Scale 📊

Hawaii uses a traditional letter grade system to evaluate student performance. Here is the grading chart used in Hawaii:

Letter GradePercentage RangeDescription
A90-100%Excellent
B80-89%Good
C70-79%Satisfactory
D60-69%Needs Improvement
F0-59%Unsatisfactory

Mastery Scale 🏆

Hawaii also employs a mastery scale to evaluate students’ understanding and mastery of specific skills and knowledge areas. This scale is particularly used in standards-based grading.

Mastery LevelDescription
4 – AdvancedExceeds proficiency and demonstrates advanced understanding
3 – ProficientMeets proficiency and demonstrates solid understanding
2 – DevelopingApproaches proficiency and demonstrates partial understanding
1 – BeginningBelow proficiency and demonstrates limited understanding
0 – No EvidenceNo evidence of understanding or skill mastery

Standards-Based Grading 📘

Hawaii incorporates standards-based grading to assess students’ progress based on their mastery of state standards. This approach focuses on learning outcomes and provides a more detailed picture of student performance.

Standards-Based Grading Scale

LevelDescription
4 – AdvancedConsistently exceeds the grade-level standard
3 – ProficientConsistently meets the grade-level standard
2 – ApproachingMaking progress towards meeting the grade-level standard
1 – BeginningLimited progress towards meeting the grade-level standard
NA – Not AssessedStandard not assessed during the reporting period

FAQs ❓

  1. What is the minimum passing grade in Hawaii?
    • The minimum passing grade is a D, which is 60-69%.
  2. What does a grade of F signify?
    • A grade of F indicates that the student’s performance was unsatisfactory, scoring below 60%.
  3. How is the mastery level of a student determined?
    • Mastery levels are determined based on the student’s demonstration of skills and understanding in specific subject areas.
  4. Are letter grades used in all schools in Hawaii?
    • Most schools use letter grades, but some may also incorporate the mastery scale or standards-based grading.
  5. What is standards-based grading?
    • Standards-based grading assesses students based on their proficiency in meeting specific state standards.
  6. How often are grades updated?
    • Grades are typically updated regularly throughout the school year, with progress reports and report cards issued at specific intervals.
  7. Can parents access their child’s grades online?
    • Yes, many schools in Hawaii provide online portals for parents to monitor their child’s academic progress.
  8. What should a student do if they receive a low grade?
    • Students should speak with their teacher to understand their weaknesses and work on areas that need improvement.
  9. How are advanced mastery levels recognized?
    • Advanced mastery levels (4 – Advanced) are recognized for students who consistently exceed the grade-level standard.
  10. Is there support for students struggling with their grades?
    • Yes, schools often provide additional resources and support for students who need help improving their grades.

Resources 📚

  1. Hawaii Department of EducationHawaii DOE
    Provides comprehensive information on statewide education policies and resources.
  2. Parent PortalInfinite Campus
    An online platform for parents to track their child’s academic progress.
  3. Hawaii Board of EducationHawaii BOE
    Governs the policies and standards for education in Hawaii.
  4. Standards-Based Grading GuideHawaii SBG Guide
    Detailed guide on standards-based grading practices and implementation.

Grading Policy for Schools in Hawaii 🌺