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Explanation of the Specials Grades


Students earn an S+ by applying and utilizing concepts and skills  with independence.  A student earning an S+ independently masters knowledge in ways that demonstrate higher level thinking skills.  Typically, a few students perform at this level, achieving above and beyond expectations.


Students earning an S demonstrate understanding of grade level  skills and concepts and require minimal support. An S throughout the  

school year indicates strong, excellent work at grade level. This  mark is the GOAL for the grade level and should be celebrated. These  

grades should NOT be considered equivalent to A B C D or F. 


Students earning an S- are developing and progressing toward basic understanding of grade level concepts and skills with assistance. A  

student earning an S- has not yet met the standards but is progressing toward achieving skills and learning grade level concepts. Moderate support from teachers, parents, and/or peers is  needed. An S- indicates ongoing growth and progress with modest gains.


Students earning a U show an emerging awareness of concepts and  skills. A student earning a U is currently not meeting the grade  level standards. The student demonstrates an inconsistent understanding and application of knowledge. More practice is needed from students with intervention from teachers and parents.