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Assessment / Grading /Policies




Accuracy and understanding is my primary concern. Any method of problem solving that works and will continue to work in the future is acceptable in my room. Students do not need to use method in the books unless I direct/advise them too.



This year your child will not receive grades, just as in the past. Your child will be receiving a score of either 1, 2, 3, or 4 based on how well they meet each standard for each topic in class. The overall scoring guide is below.



Performance Levels


4 – Exceeding Standards - The student shows in-depth knowledge and understanding. The student applies skills with consistent accuracy, independence, and high level of quality. The student exceeds standards for this point in the school year.


3 – Achieves Standards - The student can apply strategies and skills learned independently. The student consistently demonstrates proficiency in the skill area at grade level.


2 – Approaching Standards -The student demonstrates some understanding of the subject area or skill. Practice is still needed to further develop the skill and promote the child’s understanding. The student responds to reminders, hints, and suggestions.


1 – Needs Support -The student does not demonstrate the skill, and has difficulty completing the task independently. The student shows limited understanding of the skill or concept. Area of concern that requires support.


X – Not Evaluated at this Time


Mrs. Shipman's Grading Scale – Short Version


4 - Must accurately and thoroughly complete all assignments and challenge problems on assessments     

Must accurately complete extra credit questions


3 - Must accurately complete all assignments


2 - Must complete most assignments independently and some with guidance 


1 - Needs support to work on most tasks/assignments




The topics assessed can be found by following the link below.


5th Grade Math Standards In-Depth



Grade 5 Overview

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Write and interpret numerical expressions.
  • Analyze patterns and relationships.

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Understand the place value system.
  • Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths.

Number and Operations—Fractions

  • Use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions.
  • Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions.

Measurement and Data

  • Convert like measurement units within a given measurement system.
  • Represent and interpret data.
  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of volume and relate volume to multiplication and to addition.


  • Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
  • Classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties.

Mathematical Practices

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  4. Model with mathematics.
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  6. Attend to precision.
  7. Look for and make use of structure.
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.