Student Evaluation and Progress Reporting


Student Evaluation & Progress Reporting

Progress reporting and student assessment should be consistent with the overall philosophy and mission statement of the Catholic Schools of the Des Moines Diocese.  Therefore, progress reporting should be based on the following beliefs:

Progress reports should promote self-esteem and motivate continued growth toward specific goals for each child.

Progress reporting should provide parents and students with accurate information and encourage parental involvement.

Progress reporting will recognize that each child has unique needs and abilities and the assessment will reflect effort, as well as actual accomplishments based on consistent  norms.

Progress reporting and conferences will provide an opportunity for interaction with the best interest of the child in mind.

Report cards are issued three times per year at the end of each trimester (every twelve weeks).  Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled twice per year, for the 2013-2014 school year, in October and February. Of course, parents or teachers may request conferences at other times in addition to these.


The Official Diocesan Report Card evaluates students purely on the basis of the individual student’s ability, rather than in relationship to the academic ability of other students in the same grade level.


1.    This will be a system of three progress reports: PreKindergarten-8th grade.


2.    The marking code for the report card in grades K - 5 is:


Level 4:  Student performance exceeds grade level expectation
Level 3: Student meets grade level expectation
Level 2:  Student performance is progressing toward grade level expectation
Level 1:  Student performance indicates attempt toward grade level expectation
N:           Not assessed during current term



3.    Students in grades fourth through eighth will also be graded as follows:

A - 90 -100%
B - 80 - 89%
C - 70 - 79%
D - 60 - 69%
ID - Does not meet minimal class requirements.  Remediation needed.
I - Incomplete



Use of Failing Grade




A failing grade (F) will not be used. If a student has not completed enough assessments to determine a grade, the use of ID (insufficient data) will be used.

A grade indicating the student has not met the required components of the Grade Level Expectation (ID) may be given only when these conditions are met:

1.    The teacher will inform the parents, principal, and counselor as soon as it is evident that a student is not meeting class requirements.

2.    If the student does not improve after parental notification, a staffing will be held to gain further insight into the student’s problems.  A plan of action will be developed and the student’s progress will be monitored by the counselor.  The counselor will meet regularly with the student and will consult with the teacher.  Such supervision should be documented.

3.    The teacher will continue to inform the principal about the student’s progress.  If the progress is still unsatisfactory by the end of the second trimester, the principal will inform the parents in writing of the likelihood of failure for the year and the need for remediation to take place.  This will be done prior to the beginning of the third trimester.

Before an ID is given by the teacher as a culminating grade requiring remediation, the principal will review all documentation and give or decline permission for the ID to be given.  Copies of the documentation will be sent to the Superintendent’s office.

Remediation may take place in the following ways.  This will be decided by the local school.

a.  Student will attend approved summer school classes.

b.  Student will work in the areas of failure with an approved tutor.

c.  Student will do work in the areas of failure as assigned by the teacher(s).


Satisfactory completion of the remediation should be presented to the principal before school begins for the following year.  Each local school’s policy will determine what will be done if the student does not satisfactorily complete remediation.



Use of Insufficient Data (ID)




Students who receive an Insufficient Data (ID) at the conclusion of the first or second trimester,  shall have not more than one month to complete required work.  Students who fail to do so and students receiving an “ID” at the end of the third trimester shall be required to participate in a plan developed by teacher and administrator in consultation with parents and approved by the Diocesan Schools Office.  (The administration of Dowling High School shall be involved in the development of such a plan for those students who anticipate enrollment in that high school the following academic year.)  The plan shall include successful completion of summer school and/or private tutoring.  Failure to complete all requirements of plan may result in retention for the following academic year.  In the event a student transfers to another Catholic school within the Diocese, the plan shall be implemented by the Des Moines diocesan school in which the student enrolls.

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