Secondary Grading Framework
Effective 2016-17 School Year
· The following grading framework is in effect for the 2016-17 school year. This framework has been adopted to more effectively align our practices across secondary schools and to new educational performance standards. All secondary staff will adhere to this framework. Special education teachers will follow the same framework with the understanding that modifications and/or adaptations to assessments may be necessary based on IEP goals and objectives.
· Major Assessments and/or Major Projects 30%
o At least two major assessments will be given each marking period along with the Quarterly Assessment. Eligible content will be assessed through major assessments and/or projects.
o Project Based Assessments and/or Performance Tasks and/or Skill Demonstration may be administered/assessed in courses where pencil/paper assessments are not always feasible.
· Minor Assessments and/or Minor Projects 30%
o Minor Assessments can include projects, labs, quizzes, performance tasks, and/or demonstration of skills.
o A minimum of six (6) mini-quizzes and/or labs, and/or other mini-assessments will be administered during the course of a marking period. Mini assessments can be project based, skill based, performance tasks, demonstration of a skill, or alternate forms of assessment.
· Classwork 20%
o Good citizenship is part of classwork.
· Quarterly Assessment 10%
o Quarterly Assessments are administered four times per year at the end of each marking period. Dates will vary.
o Quarterly Assessments are cumulative for the marking period.
· Homework 10%
o Homework is practice and reinforcement of a newly introduced skill.
o Credit will be given for reasonable effort.
· Keystone Assessments –pending state guidelines As part of the state mandated requirements for graduation, students will need to take three Keystone assessments designed to evaluate proficiency in academic content. Students must demonstrate proficiency on the Algebra 1, Literature, and Biology Keystone exams to graduate. Students will be offered multiple opportunities to take the exams throughout their high school careers. Supplemental instruction will be offered to students who did not pass the Keystone assessment.
o The table below will be in effect for the 2016-17 school year.
· Honor Rolls
o There are three types of honors that students can achieve each marking period. Honor rolls are determined independently each marking period and use unweighted GPAs since students are not competing against each other to achieve an honor roll distinction.
· Principal’s Honor Roll requires a 4.0 minimum unweighted GPA for the marking period and student grades must be in the A- to A+ range.
· Distinguished Honor Roll requires a minimum of a 3.51 unweighted GPA for the marking period and student grades must be in the B- to A+ range.
· Honor Roll requires a minimum of 3.0 unweighted GPA for the marking period and students grades must be in the C to A+ range.
· GPA Calculation
o Each marking period, the honor roll is generated from unweighted GPAs.
o GPA is calculated by dividing the total quality points by attempted credits.