Grading Practices

Grading Practices

POA Grading Guidelines Middle School 19-20

 

Patriot Oaks Academy Grading Practices

Grades 3-8

 

In order to best serve our school community, support our implementation of the Florida Standards, align with other county schools, and most importantly, benefit student learning, this is a summary of Patriot Oaks Academy’s grading practices. We believe consistency within grade levels, departments and along vertical alignments are keys to student success.

 

 

All graded work

  • Must reflect a learning standard.

 

  • Weights for standards-based grades across curriculum in grades 6-8 equal:
  • 70% for summative assessments;
  • 30% for formative assessments, assignments, and projects done in class; homework, if graded is put here

 

Weighted Categories

The uniform weighted grade book categories for Middle and High school are (as per Secondary Grading Committee documentation submitted to SJCSD School Board.)

Grades 6 – 8

Category Summative Formative
Weighting 70% 30%

 

Grade 9-12 all other courses

Category Summative Formative
Weighting 75% 25%

 

High School courses taught in middle or elementary school carry the standard High School weighting.

 

The function of homework is to:

  • Practice or rehearse
  • Prepare for the introduction of new content
  • Deepen knowledge or understanding
  • Generate specific feedback

 

Formative and Summative Assessment Expectations (adapted from Secondary Grading Committee documentation) for grades 6-8

  • Formatives are encouraged to be common but content and number may vary between classrooms dependent on student need.
  • Summatives must be common and used by all PLC team members with the same course, and calculated in the same manner.
  • Summatives do not need to be identical between standard and honors/advanced; however, they must contain common questions
  • There must be a minimum of two formatives administered, graded and returned to the student before a summative assignment.
  • There must be at least three summatives every quarter.

 

All homework must have a purpose, be reviewed, and receive feedback.  Whole class homework assignments are strongly discouraged. Assign homework to individuals only if extra practice is needed, if anything.

 

 

Test/Quiz Retakes

  • Retakes for all students who request it and received an 84% or below, on summative assessments only.
  • Highest grade you can earn is an 85% on a re-take
  • Maximum number of retakes is 1 on any summative assessment
  • Remediation must occur before a retest is given.
  • To meet retake requirements, students must complete all assignments (including test review); make all test corrections; plus, other remediation required by the teacher.
  • The new grade replaces the old grade.
  • A student who has taken a test again to demonstrate growth from the first assessment will receive a new score. To help differentiate a 75%on a retest from an original lower score of 56%,a decimal point is used.
    • For instance, “75.56”, allows parents and administration to know that a student scored a 56% the first time the assessment was given and a 75%on the retest.
  • Teachers may also type “notes” into HAC to provide additional details.
  • Ensure that students have multiple opportunities to show what they know each quarter.
  • Be purposeful and plan so that students have at least three summative assessments per quarter. A minimum of two graded formatives should be given prior to each summative.

 

Zeros:

Middle school:

  • Missing assignments/assessments are marked “INC” until the student completes the assignment.
  • All efforts should be made by the student and the teacher to assist a student in attempting all graded assignments.
  • The expectation is that all students earn a grade that reflects his/her proficiency on standards represented in a course. If a student refuses to attempt work (never tried, never came in and made it up, etc.) despite school intervention, a zero has been earned.
  • If an attempt was made and a re-take was taken on a summative assessment, the lowest grade that can be assigned is a 50%, even though the score may be lower.
    • For instance, if a student receives a 21% on a re-take, enter a “21%”indicating the student’s original score after the decimal point to communicate the student’s performance.

 

      Elementary School:

  • Missing assignments/assessments are marked “INC” until the student completes the assignment.
  • All efforts should be made by the student and the teacher to assist a student in attempting all graded assignments.
  • At the end of the quarter, all INC’s need to be adjusted to a 50%. No student in grades 3-5 are to receive any grade lower than a 50%.
  • When a student takes a retest and receives a 84% and received a 60% on the original test, the grade will be listed is 84.60% so it is clear that there was a retake taken 

Extra Credit

  • Due to the availability that students have to retake tests and recover from a low grade; extra credit is not given.

Late work

  • Late work is accepted, with minimal deduction, until a summative assessment is completed.
  • Projects may have up to a 20% deduction for lateness.
  • Any penalty for late work is communicated prior, so parents and students are aware.

 

Projects

  • Expectations are communicated clearly in the rubric.
  • Grading at intervals (classwork). Not one final grade at the end.
  • Group projects are not graded as a group. Individual demonstration of learning is recorded.
  • Projects assigned a grade and demonstrates a mastery of standards, should be completed in class.
  • It should be expected that parents COULD/WILL assist with projects that are assigned for home. Knowing this, make this a consideration in the communication home. Provide guidance in ways that parents COULD be a part of the assignment… in other words; embrace the parental guidance rather than it being punitive. Make suggestions for what students should be able to complete on their own and how parents can assist. Be cautious about assigning a grade to a project that is completed at home.

 

Grading in general

  • Grades are updated every two weeks, at a minimum
  • Grade at intervals, do not wait until the end.
  • Ensure that students have multiple opportunities to show what they know each quarter.
  • Be purposeful and plan so that students have at least three summative assessments per quarter.