Oak Park Schools’ policy requires grades and marks to be a direct reflection of a student’s understanding and achievement on aligned learning target(s) or standard(s). The district is committed to ensuring grades reflect four critical criteria.  Grades must be:


Based on achievement of prescribed learning targets and standards.

of Learning 

Grades send the message to students and parents that success lies in the learning, not accumulating points. With limited exceptions, summative assessments determine grades and students have multiple opportunities to demonstrate learning.

Timely & Meaningful

Communicate useful information to students and stakeholders in time for improvements to be made.


Based on fairness, inclusion, and opportunity despite personal or social circumstances, such as gender, ethnic origin, or family background.