The junior-high grading policies offer consistency and the most accurate indicator of mastery of knowledge for students and families. Our grading procedure uses best practices to provide students and families with consistent information on students’ academic progress. In addition, the junior-high grading standards create a consistent experience in alignment with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP).
The following is currently in place for the 2016-17 school year:
80/20 assessment balance
Summative assessments are academic achievement assessments and refer to the knowledge a student acquires during the course. Summative assessments will count for a minimum of 80 percent of a student's grade. Formative assessments provide an indication of student progress throughout thecourse. They will account for a maximum of 20 percent of a student's grade.
Summative assessment retake policy encourages student accountability
The new grading standards allow students to take greater accountability of their learning by permitting retakes on summative assessments. The student must take responsibility for initiating and following the retake procedures with the teacher. Only one retake per summative assessment is allowed, and end-of semester exams may not be retaken.
Elimination of the "zero" in grading
A score of zero is seldom an accurate description of a student's achievement. Non-completion of work, or work refusal, will be communicated to parents/guardians through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, rather than through letter grades. The use of a zero score in grading will be eliminated.
Summative versus Formative Assessments