Lawn Avenue School

School Improvement Team

January 8, 2009

Attendees: Kathy Almanzor, Jenn Clark, Lisa Carlisle, Ann Zainyeh, John Baldwin, Nora Santamour, Bev Rudman, Teresa LeBlanc, Julie Kallfelz, Sue Pratt, Nick Alfred, Cynthia Cherney, Janet LaMantia, Deb Barone and Sally Schott.

1. Acknowledgements

a. A letter was sent to the school committee acknowledging the music department.

b. A letter to the editor will be written by the co-chairs to acknowledge that more than 50% of the 9th grade Jamestown students made the honor role at North Kingstown’s High School and to congratulate the school on preparing the students well.

2. Subcommittees

  1. Technology Subcommittee:

  2. School Improvement Plan:

  3. Island Treasures:

3. Old Business:

  1. VIE Update:

  2. Jr. National Honor Society

c. Grading System:

d. Challenging All Students:

4. Next SIT Meeting:

  1. The next SIT meeting will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2009, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Lawn Library.

Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Carlisle


Lawn School Improvement Team

Preliminary Grading FAQ’s

January 9, 2009

  1. What is a standards-based grading system?

    1. Is this used by the school to avoid students from being compared to one another?

      1. Why use a standards-based grading system instead of the traditional A through F or percentage systems?

Standards based grading shows you how you are doing where traditional A through shows you how you did.

      1. How do standards-based grades compare to the A through F grading system. For example, does 4 = A, 3 = B, etc.?

No, the two different systems do not compare.

      1. Why do Jamestown schools use a four-point scale for kindergarten through 4th grades, a five-point scale for 5th through 8th grades?

      1. Why are effort codes different from 5th and 6th grades to 7th and 8th?

      1. Are standards-based grades any more or less subjective than those from other grading systems?

      1. Why do some teachers give checks or percentage grades on homework and tests and others do not?

      1. If a teacher expects more or less from a particular student, will the standards be applied differently to that student?

      1. If my child moves to a school that does not use standards-based grading, how will that school interpret his grades?

      1. How does standard based grading transition the students to high school?

      1. How does standard based grading relate to the high end user or those on an IEP?