Students earn their music grades through class participation and discussion, using the
musical supplies/instruments correctly, and using the music skills and vocabulary they
have been learning in class. They are graded on their effort and mastery of new skills
after several opportunities to practice. Grades are based on teacher observation at this
level.....Students show what they know! Singing, Class discussions, playing instruments,
movement activities, listening exercises are some examples of what takes place. Music
grades are affected when students choose not to participate in a portion of the activity
that they should be working on.
The Grades used are: Alpha Grade
JISD Standard Clarifying Statements
"E" Excellent Achievement
Indicates mastery of grade-level content above that
normally expected of a student at the same
instructional level. ---Advanced Development
Students show advanced mastery of music content above
what is normally expected, participates 100% in every
activity without hesitation, and uses correct music vocabulary
every music class.
"S" Satisfactory Achievement
Indicates mastery of grade-level content normally
expected for the student’s instructional level.
–Developing as Expected
Student is on track with mastery of the music concepts
normally expected at the grade level, participated in most
class activities, and correctly demonstrates music skills most
of the time. Most students are at this level.
“N” Achievement Needs Improvement
Student does not yet meet expectations for mastery
of grade level content in one or more areas. (The
teacher must include a comment that best describes
the area of concern.) –More Development Needed
Student doesn’t show mastery of one or more skills or
refuses to participate.
“U” Unsatisfactory Achievement
Indicates failure to perform at the expected
instructional level. (The teacher must include a
comment that best describes the area of concern.)
–More Development Needed
Student fails to perform at the instructional level or refuses
Specials class grades use a different scale than the regular "core" subjects.
A number grade is shown in Parent Center until the report card is created. Then the
number grade turns into an Alpha Scale grade of Excellent Achievement (90-100%) - E,
Satisfactory (80-89%) - S, Needs Improvement (70-79%) - N, Unsatisfactory (69% and
below) - U. The number equivalent is set by the District and can be misleading in classes
that use an Alpha Scale – E, S, N, U.
Children who receive an "S" or 80-89% are right on track within their grade level in Music
Class and does not indicate a problem.
All "A" Honor Roll and "AB" Honor Roll are not affected by their music grade since "E", "S",
"N", and "U" are used.