It takes a village....to develop a seriously good grading system for report cards. This year our district rolled out new report cards. We previously used a standards-based model of 1-4 with 3 being grade level and 4 being mastery of a year ahead. In art, students were assessed in two areas. We now have three areas to grade: art content, conduct and effort. The parents only see the letter labels so our amazing department put together a rubric to think through what each label means. I have been using sentences from the rubric on the report card comment section because they are so helpful. Since providing thoughtful comments can be tricky when you're working alone I wanted to share them out.