Grading Philosophy and Policy & Attendance

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“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” -Albert Einstein

Grades are evaluative instruments and indicators that measure students’ achievements, efforts, and extent of progress in their classes. The components of a grade are academically based and reflect each student’s competency in the course content. Mathematics, Science Research & Technology High School issues report cards six times a year (three per semester).

  • Each semester, final grades are entered onto students’ transcripts.
  • Students earn one credit for each passing grade.
  • Each semester should be considered separate terms (ie: grades from marking periods 1-3 should be not be used to calculate marking period 4-6 grades).

Grades reflect class work, homework, projects, papers, examinations, participation and performance in each subject area. Absence, cutting, and excessive lateness will contribute to lower grades or failure due to lack of demonstrated understanding of the course.

Teachers are required to use Skedula/Pupil Path, an online program to communicate achievement with students and parents.

Numerical grades range as follows:

55 Failure
65-85 (issued as multiples of five) Passing
90-100 (issued on a one-point basis) Passing

Attendance
All students must maintain a 90% attendance rate consistent with the Federal Legislation entitled, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Chancellor’s Regulation A-210.

Making Up Class Work
It is the policy of the Department of Education and Commissioner’s Regulations, that students who have been absent from class for verified, legitimate reasons (such as illness, court appearances, family emergencies, or attendance at funerals) are to be given a reasonable opportunity to make up missed work, including examinations.

Schoolwide Grading Policy

50%

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

25%

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

15%

CLASS WORK

10%

CLASS PARTICIPATION

STANDARDS BASED TESTS SHORT STANDARDS BASED INFORMAL
QUIZZES
DO NOW ASSESSMENTS GROUP WORK & PRESENTATIONS
LARGE PROJECTS (SUMMATIVE) SMALL PROJECTS GUIDED PRACTICE TASKS INDEPENDENT TASKS
ESSAYS DRAFT RE-WRITES, RE-DO
ASSIGNMENTS
JOURNALS DIFFERENTIATED CLASS ASSIGNMENTS
LAB REPORTS HOMEWORK SUMMARIES CLASSROOM DISCUSSIONS
PERFORMANCES RTI EXIT SLIPS
PRESENTATIONS PERFORMANCES PRESENTATIONS
PORTFOLIOS
STANDARDIZED

STATE REGENTS EXAMS

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