DRAMA GRADING EXPLAINED
(For more details, please check out the top of page 14 of the MSA Student Handbook online at MSA Student Handbook .
Contrary to popular belief, the traditional A/B/C grading scale and the performance E/S/N scale are not the same. One of the biggest misunderstandings has to do with “numerical grades.” Under the A/B/C system, a numerical grade represents a percentage of right and wrong answers. A grade of 93% would indicate that 7% of the answers are incorrect and 93 % are correct. In other words, a student got something “wrong.”
Under the E/S/N system, numerical grades DO NOT represent a percentage of absolute right vs. wrong. Because special areas relies more on “holistic” or “subjective” approaches, rather than absolutes of objective scoring, the numerical scores are more representative of a score or rank than a percentage. Think, if you will, of scoring for diving or gymnastics. These days, a score of a perfect 10 is a rarity and a score of 8.5 can easily be the “winning” score.
Here is a sample grading rubric for a performance activity in drama class:
E = Consistently provides work of the highest quality (above grade level), follows directions/procedures, always shows great effort and enthusiasm.
S = Usually provides high quality work (at grade level), follow directions and procedures correctly, shows best effort and enthusiasm in most activities.
N = Provides work that occasionally needs to be corrected or redone to ensure quality, does not always listen to/follow instructions, shows minimal effort and enthusiasm in most activities.
U = Consistently poor work, does not follow instructions, shows little to no effort or enthusiasm for work.
This is the grading rubric used for CONDUCT grades in Drama:
E = Consistently remains seated unless asked to move, maintains self-space, treats others with respect, uses appropriate language and voice level, consistently shows focus and concentration, demonstrates proper audience behavior when other are speaking or performing, talks only at appropriate times.
S = Occasionally out of seat at inappropriate time, usually maintains self-space, treats others with respect, uses appropriate language and voice level, shows focus and concentration, usually demonstrates proper audience behavior when other are speaking or performing, may talk at inappropriate times.
N = Often out of seat or distracting, difficulty maintaining self-space, is not always respectful to others, may use improper language and voice level, lacks focus and concentration at times, demonstrates poor audience behavior when other are speaking or performing, frequently talks at inappropriate times.
U = Often a distraction to others, does not maintain self-space, is not respectful to others, uses improper language and voice level, consistently lacks focus and concentration, shows inappropriate audience behavior when other are speaking or performing, consistently talks at inappropriate times.