A General Overview
The Overall Performance Score (OP Score) is a unique number from 1 – 5 that gives parents, students, teachers and school administrators a general idea of a student’s overall performance in all the subjects. It comes with a corresponding letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) and can be a very effective tool to help students improve their performance and behavior. Special formulas combine all the academic work (projects, homework assignments, quizzes, classroom tests, exams and classwork), the conduct (the behavior the student exhibits in all the classes) and the effort that the student demonstrates in doing the work to create a numerical value. The formulas change according to what parents receive for each subject on the report card but the final number is always between 1 and 5 (such as 2.56 – and low value or 4.49 – a high value). The Overall Performance (OP) number can be calculated according to the number of times the school issues report cards, or progress reports. The following describes several options:
A. Two times a year – once every semester
B. Three times a year – once every trimester
C. Four times a year – once every marking period (9 weeks)
D. Eight times a year (including the 4 progress reports every 5 weeks)
E. Anytime of the school year once the grades can be ascertained from an online gradebook or through a report card.
The OP Score/Grade and the GPA
The OP Score/Grade has nothing to do with the GPA. The GPA (Grade Point Average) begins to be of concern in the late High School years; it is not generally taken into consideration in the early years of schooling. Students are not promoted based on their GPA, but on whether they pass their classes. The GPA is the average of only the Academic Grade of the student. It does not take into consideration the student’s conduct (behavior), effort, work ethics, citizenship or the various words used to describe such actions in different school districts. In contrast, the OP Score/Grade takes into consideration just about everything the student does during the school day. It looks at a more complete picture of the student. The following is a list of some of the things that are considered in the OP Score/Grade and the GPA.
1. The GPA
a. It averages of all the Academic grades the student receives.
b. It ranges from 0 – 4, or 0 – 5.
c. It is usually used to get into college.
d. Not much attention is paid to it before the end of high school.
e. It is cumulative from trimester to trimester (or marking periods).
f. It is mostly used by students and school counselors for college preparation.
2. The OP Score/Grade
a. It averages of all the Academic, Conduct and Effort grades the student receives.
b. It ranges from 1 – 5.
c. It is used from the Kindergarten to the 12 grade (it is not related to college).
d. It is not cumulative from marking period to marking period; there is a yearly average.
e. It is mostly used by parents, students, teachers and administrators.
The philosophy behind the OP Score/Grade.
The general premise guiding the development of an overall performance score is its use as a tool that gives parents some additional control and guidance over their child’s performance in school. In the present system, parents are forced to probe to determine how well the child is doing, because there are so many numbers or grades they have to consider. While all the grades will still be available on the report card, the OP Score/Grade gives parents an immediate idea of what is going on in virtually all aspects of the child’s life on a typical school day. At any given time during the school year, parents and students can see whether the OP Score is increasing or decreasing and take immediate action when necessary.
From the student’s perspective, it will be his/her responsibility to perform well in all classes; not just the ones that he/she likes or prefers. If that does not happen (or if it is happening), the parents can be made aware of that immediately – even before they contact the school. If a student promises or wants to improves his/her OP Score/Grade, the onus will be on him/her to ensure that the grades (academic, conduct, effort, citizenship, etc) increase in all subjects.
Having students and parents producing an overall performance number based on information received from the school could serve as a tremendous advantage for the school. Typically, the grades teachers give are isolated entities because the grades that one teacher gives are unrelated to the grades given by another teacher. For example, there is no association between the student’s grade in math and her grade in English. They are two separate grades that have no effect on the other. The OP Score/Grade changes that by uniting the grades of all the teachers. This paradigm shift could be used to the advantage of the school because teachers and administrators can use it as a tool to help improve students’ overall performance.