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M.A. in Educational Leadership


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Johnson, Theodore


Berlin Community School (Berlin, N.J.); Interns (Education); School administrators--Training of


Educational Leadership


The purpose of this study was to develop a district-wide grading policy to create consistency and fairness among grading procedures.

The intern developed a grading policy committee which included both male and female, veteran and first year teachers. It had a teacher from each grade level.

This committee developed guidelines and criteria for issuing grades for students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade and 3rd through 8th grade.

Data collection was obtained by using three instruments. The first instrument was the policy development committee which, through communication with their colleagues, established a grading policy. The second instrument was a staff survey to determine the effectiveness of the grading policy. The final instrument used was staff interviews to determine the effectiveness of the policy.

At the conclusion of this study, Berlin School District now has a written grading policy which is Board approved and provides guidelines and consistency in determining grades for students. Kindergarten through 2nd grade and 3rd through 8th grade now have their own written set of guidelines.

Interims will be issued for all students in grades 3 through 8 four times a year and a weighted system will determine students' grades in 6th through 8th grade.