Grading Elementary Classroom Music
General Music Grading Policy
Elementary school music teachers will issue grades to all classes. These grades shall reflect State Standards and Local Board of Education Policies. Teachers will teach toward the objectives outlined in Cobb County Board of Education Policy IB, their grade and subject matter scope-and-sequence charts, State and National standards, and their curriculum guides.
Subject Grade in General Music K-5
Elementary music specialists are allotted 50 minutes of instructional time for each class once a week for eighteen weeks per semester. There are usually less than 18 lessons for each class because of assemblies, holidays, and the like.
For elementary general music, a semester grade is based on a minimum of 9 grades. These grades assess content learning by indicating the degree to which the student has fulfilled the intent of the state standards addressed in the music class. Grade reports are given four times each year for general music students. These grades are for the 9-week and 18-week grading periods each semester.
Kindergarten through 3rd grade students receive 3, 2, or 1 for grades and S, N, or U for conduct.
4th and 5th grade students receive A, B, C, D or F for grades and S, Ni, or U for conduct.
If a student has attended fewer than four classes in any grading period, he or she should receive IC for both the grade and conduct.
Grades may be based on the following:
Quizzes and tests
Oral responses to questions
Student demonstration (performance assessment)
The following elements of learning are important and also considered when evaluating behavior in Music:
Respecting music as a subject, evidenced by use of knowledge about music:
Caring for and responsible use of instruments and materials
Following directions, when the process is indicative of content knowledge
Completing/following through on assignments
Distinguishing self in contributing to group work and discussions