Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, students will receive marks based upon the following grade scales. See DVUSD Grading Practices for more details about grading practices and procedures in Deer Valley Unified School District.
Students in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades will receive marks for their proficiency towards the grade level standards using the following scale.
4 = Applies grade level skills with greater depth or complexity
3 = Demonstrates grade level proficiency
2 = Approaches grade level proficiency
1 = Displays a significant lack of grade level proficiency
Students in 1st and 2nd grades will receive marks for their overall performance in each course of study using the following letter grade scale. Overall course grades for students in 1st and 2nd grades will be determined by the average of all overall standards scores for the grading period. The average will be converted to a letter grade of E, S, N, or U.
E = Excellent (80%-100%)
S = Satisfactory (60%-79%)
N = Needs Improvement (42%-59%)
U = Under Performing (0%-41%)
Please note: Students in kindergarten will not receive an overall course grade for each core subject area. They will instead receive scores for each standard that was measured during the marking period.
Students in 3rd through 12th grades will receive marks for their proficiency towards the grade level standards using the following scale. These marks are for information and do not calculate the student's overall course grade.
4 = Highly Proficient
3 = Proficient
2 = Partially Proficient
1 = Minimally Proficient
Students in 3rd through 12th grades will receive marks for their overall performance in each course of study using the following letter grade scale. Overall course grades for students in grades 3-12 will be calculated from the average of the student’s assignment scores* (assessments, coursework).
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = 0-59%
Grades of “D” and above are passing marks. A course grade of “F” indicates that the student has failed the course. For 9th-12th grade levels, no course credit will be awarded for a failing course grade.
*For graded work in the Assessment Category, teachers will enter the proficiency marks for each standard measured and use the following guide to assign a score to the assignment. Parents will see the percentage score for each grade book entry with the letter grade mark on the front page of the PowerSchool parent portal.
For additional information, the parent may click the blue "show standards" icon to view the proficiency marks for the learning standards associated with the assessment or coursework.
Grade Book Categories
All 1st-12th grade teachers' gradebooks will utilize the following categories in the gradebook.
ASSESSMENT: This category includes all items used to measure a student’s proficiency towards the learning standards once the student has had sufficient practice and at a specified point in time. This category can include summative tests, performance assessments, reports, unit or module assessments, quizzes, long-term projects, short-term projects, presentations, capstone projects, research papers, and lab reports.
COURSEWORK: This category includes formative work that provides students with the opportunity to learn content and skills and to receive feedback on their learning. Coursework is assigned to provide meaningful, independent practice, reinforce learning targets, and extend learning. This category can include in-class assignments, quizzes, exit tickets, checks-for-understanding, and daily activities.
PRACTICE: This category includes formative student work that a student completes while in the process of learning specific skills. Student work that is done inside and outside of the classroom, such as classwork and homework, falls into this category.
For 3rd-12th grades, gradebooks will be set to utilize the following weights for each category.
Categories are not weighted for 1st-2nd grades.
Citizenship marks in grades Kindergarten-8th grade will continue to use the E/S/N/U scale in the 2023-2024 school year.
E = Excellent
S = Satisfactory
N = Needs Improvement
U = Unsatisfactory