Evaluations and rewards for student progress should take place as soon as possible after mastery is demonstrated for each unit outcome.
The three basic premises of performance-based education are:
a) All Students can succeed;
b) Success breeds success;
c) It is the school's responsibility to provide the conditions for the student's success.
With this in mind, Quality Schools International does not accept mediocre (grade of "C") or poor (grade of "D" or "F") work. The grades of "A" and "B" are mastery grades, and indicate that a student has successfully mastered the learning objective and is ready to build on that learning.
In view of the above comments, the evaluations issued in the written status reports are defined as follows:
A = All essential parts of the outcome were mastered at an appropriately high level. The student consistently demonstrated noteworthy achievement of a high quality, particularly in the higher order thinking or performance skills.
B = All essential parts of the outcome were mastered at an appropriately high level in which the student successfully engaged in higher order thinking or performance skills.
P = The student is "In progress" in the outcome (normal status).
H = This outcome is "on hold" for a legitimate reason. (The student has begun the outcome but is not currently pursuing it.)
D = The student has not made a reasonable effort and is therefore "deficient" in attaining mastery of the outcome.
E = "Exposure". The student made a reasonable effort in the outcome and attained a level of mastery consistent with his/her capabilities. (Elementary classes only, but not in mathematics, reading, or writing.)
W = The student has withdrawn from this outcome.
In Secondary school, students are granted one credit for mastery of each unit outcome which is credentialed "A" or "B". Thus, ten credits correspond to one "Carnegie Unit" as used by many American secondary schools. Because Quality Schools International encourages continued learning, if students receive an evaluation of "B" on a unit outcome, they may continue to work independently in that outcome and request another opportunity to demonstrate a higher level of mastery. If demonstrated, the evaluation may be changed from a "B" to an "A" within the same school year.
Evaluations, called status reports, are issued to all students five times each year (at the end of each "quintile"). However, parents may request a status report for their child at any time.