Frequently Asked Questions 

...About the Monthly Selection 

Q- How do I know when a book is a "just right" reading level?
A- Using the five-finger test is a helpful indicator. If you have no idea what the Five Finger Test is, check out the link below:

Q- How do I know when a book is a "just right" reading level?
A- Your child has been assigned a letter that stands for a reading level. Your local librarian is not privy to this information and likely does not understand its meaning. Use your best judgment based to help your child select appropriate books. Consider the size of the text, the amount of pictures, and the complexity of the plot. Most second and third grade level books includes pictures and contains an easy-to-read font.

Q- My child is complaining that he/she isn't allowed to self-select books. Why is this happening?
A- If a student demonstrates that he/she is not able to self-select "just right" books, the teacher will provide several options, and the child must select from these. Think of it as guided self-selection. When your child demonstrates that he/she is better able to make "just right" selections he/she will be given the opportunity to self-select. The goal is for all students to self-select "just right" reading material.

...About the Grading of Reading/Language Arts and Math Tests

Here are a few guidelines to help you understand scoring procedures in language arts and math.

Language Arts: Writing Process Pieces
The Six Traits of Writing model is utilized in my classroom. The six traits are ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. Presentation is an extra trait that is sometimes scored. Not all writing will be scored on all six traits, especially at the beginning of the year.
Formal process writing is graded using a rubric. Students first grade themselves, then I grade the student's writing on the same rubric. I assign averages. The higher the number, the better the score. For the first trimester we use a scale of 4, but subsequent trimesters follow a  scale of 5. You will see scores labeled C, M, and WP.
C = composition; this is an average of the first four boxes on the rubric
M = mechanics; this is an average of the last two boxes
WP = writing process; there are four graded stages: pre-write, rough draft, revise, and edit 
Each stage is worth one point. If little effort has been expended on any one stage or if that stage has been skipped entirely, the score will be reduced by one point per stage. 

Reading Tests
Reading tests from the Reading Street series, when administered, are sometimes assigned three grades: V, C, and O.
V = vocabulary
C = comprehension
O = open response

Open response questions are graded on a scale of 2. An answer with a score of 2 demonstrates complete understanding; 1 demonstrates partial understanding; 0 demonstrates no understanding. Students are expected to use complete sentences.

Math Assessment Pieces
Most graded math assignments, quizzes, and tests may be given two grades: a percentage and a number score. Multiple choice and short answer questions will be assigned a percentage score while open response questions are graded according to a rubric on a scale of 4. (Four is the best score.)

4 = 

 Full credit answer is correct; explanation shows full understanding of concept


3 = Partial Credit

 answer is correct; shows understanding of concepts; explanation is incomplete


2 = 

Partial credit 

answer is incorrect; explanation shows adequate understanding of concepts


1 = 

Partial credit 

answer is correct; there is no explanation

Short Answer Assessments are graded in the following manner:

0 = No Credit no answer; answer demonstrates no understanding of concepts

2 = 

 Full credit answer is correct; explanation shows full understanding of concept

1 = 

Partial credit 

answer is correct

0 = No Credit no answer; answer demonstrates no understanding of concepts