Grading Policies
Grading in this course may be slightly different than you are used to seeing in your classes. You will be graded only on your knowledge and understanding, and what you can prove to me that you have learned. You will NOT be graded on your participation, attendance, or behaviors, unless I am specifically grading a skill related to your behavior and attitude. However, students should be aware that their behaviors, participation and attendance will greatly affect their ability to learn. There will continue to be disciplinary consequences for students who cannot follow school and classroom expectations or who do not complete the work that is expected of them.

Formative and Summative Assessments
I may also use some language that you may not be familiar with. Your grades will primarily be based upon formative and summative assessments. What do I mean by that? A formative assessment is usually a quick and easy way for me to see how many students understand the material. For example, it could be a quick-write at the end of class, a do-now question, a quick show of hands, a turn-and-talk, a worksheet, classwork, group work and more. You probably won’t even realize that you’ve done one! A summative assessment, however, is a more formal chance for you to show what you know. It might be a traditional quiz or test, a project, an essay, a video, a presentation, etc. It’s your final chance to show what you have learned on a particular topic. A summative assessment is the most important type of assessment.

Grading Scale
Nearly all of your work will be graded on a 1-4 scale. While most assignments will have a specific rubric assigned, you can use the table below to see what the numbers generally mean.

Grade Converted % Description Interpretation
1  50  No Evidence Student has not shown that they understand the material or objective.
 2  65  Some Evidence Student was able to show that they understand some of the material or required significant help to show understanding.
 2.5  75  Approaching Proficient Student understands some of the material or required some help to demonstrate understanding.
 3  85  Proficient Student has shown evidence that he/she is meeting the expectations of the objective.
 3.5  95  Above Proficient Student has shown evidence that he/she is meeting the objective and is able to go beyond what was taught.
 4  100  Mastery/Excelling Student fully understands the material and is able to apply it beyond what was taught in class and to new situations. Student can teach others.

The goal of each assessment is that all students are able to demonstrate proficiency. To meet that end, students may redo almost any assignment at any time, with certain limitations. Students who wish to be re-assessed should complete the Request for Reassessment Form and receive approval from me. Once approval is given, a reassessment will be scheduled, or the student will be given an assignment to complete to show their understanding. It is important to note, however, that the reassessment will not always be simply a re-do of the same assignment or exam. Students should always try their best on their first chance. Please note that while students are encouraged to re-assess in areas where they are not yet proficient, school policy limits retakes to within the quarter. Once grades have closed, retakes will not be offered and quarterly grades will not be changed.