UINTAH SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY ACTION REVIEW

 

1st Reading

4/8/2014

 

New

 

2nd Reading

5/13/14

 

Revised

X

Effective Date

5/13/14

 

Substitute

 

006.0500         SECONDARY GRADING POLICY

REVISES 006.0500 GRADING POLICY (LAST APPROVED 8/9/2011)

1.0  DEFINITIONS

1.1  “Assessment” - Anything that is used to reflect student learning. Assessment can include, but is not limited to: projects, performances, oral reports, quizzes, tests, interview with student, demonstrations, essays, technology products or presentations.

1.2  “Formative Assessment” - An assessment for learning used to advance and monitor each student’s learning. Formative assessments are used to ensure any student who experiences difficulty reaching or exceeding proficiency is given additional time and support as well as additional opportunities to demonstrate his or her learning. Formative assessments are also used to help students monitor their own progress toward an intended standard of proficiency.

1.3  “Summative Assessment” – An assessment of learning designed to provide a final measure to determine if learning goals have been met.

1.4  “Daily Practice” - Including but not limited to class work, homework, assignments, group work, performances, or practice.

1.5   Non-Academic Points – Including but not limited to behavior, attitude, citizenship, housekeeping paperwork, parent conferences or attendance.

1.6  “Power Standards”- The knowledge and skills, determined by a department, that students must demonstrate before moving to the next level of instruction.

2.0  Academic grades are a measure of success in accomplishing the objectives of a class. Measures used will reflect a student’s accomplishment of predetermined objectives as accurately as possible. Accomplishment of the class learning objectives may be determined by any combination of the following:

2.1  Formative Assessment/Summative Assessment must be no less than 70% of total grade

2.2  Daily Practice must be no more than 30% of total grade

2.3  Non-Academic Points must be no more than 10% of total grade
* (See various examples of grading percentages at the end of the policy)

3.0  Extra Credit shall not be given.  All students will be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency within the grading period, which will be reflected in either 2.1 or 2.2 of this policy which will affect the final outcome of a student’s grade.

4.0  Students will be informed of the grading criteria at the beginning of each class.

5.0  Teachers will keep a current academic record for each student.

6.0  Department grading plans must be approved by the building principal prior to the beginning of the school year. Any revisions must also be approved. Teachers of common courses shall agree upon Power Standards and grading criteria.

7.0  Students are expected to make up all missing Daily Practice and Assessments.

7.1  Daily Practice and Assessments missed as a result of excused absences will be provided by the school as requested by the student and/or parent.

7.2  Students with 1-3 consecutive excused absences (including school activities) will have a minimum of three school days to complete and submit Daily Practice, and Assessments and Non-Academic Points.  Students with 4 or more consecutive absences (including school activities) will have a minimum of five school days to complete. There will be no loss of credit for Daily Practice or Assessments and Non-Academic Points completed within the above time frame for excused absences.

7.3  All students will complete all work within the grading period of a unit and/or prior to the summative assessment of a unit.  Grading deductions will be determined by the teachers teaching like courses.

8.0  Secondary teachers (grades 6 through 12)

8.1  Teachers will assign final/term academic grades for a class based on the percentage scale:

8.1.1        A                  93

8.1.2        A-        =          90

8.1.3        B+       =          87

8.1.4        B         =          83

8.1.5        B-        =          80

8.1.6        C+                77

8.1.7        C         =          73

8.1.8        C-        =          70

8.1.9        D+       =          67

8.1.10    D         =          63

8.1.11    D-        =          60

8.1.12    F          =          0.000-59.99

8.1.13    “P” or “pass” grade may be used only in classes where a traditional grade does not adequately convey the student’s progress. Students must be notified at the beginning of any such class that it is pass-fail. A passing grade will be recorded on the student’s transcript as “P”. Credit will be earned, but a “P” will not be included in the calculation of the student’s grade point average.

8.1.13.1                      A “P” grade may be used in any class for a student who has a written Individual Education Plan (IEP) if the plan specifies the circumstances under which a “P” rather than a traditional grade will be earned.

 

 

* Examples of grading percentage break-down (must total 100%):

      

Example #1: Assessments                     =          100%

Daily Practice                          =          0%

Non-Academic Points             =          0%

 

Example #2: Assessments                     =          80%

Daily Practice                          =          10%

Non-Academic Points             =          10%

 

Example #3: Assessments                    =           70%

Daily Practice                          =          20%

Non-Academic Points             =          10%             

 

** Note: Teachers teaching common courses shall agree upon Power Standards and grading criteria.