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Grading Policies

►Grading Policy

Work in this class is graded using Standards Based Grading (SBG). Your achievement in this course will not be measured in total points from all your tests, quizzes, class assignments, and homework, as is common in many classes. Instead, you will work to demonstrate your mastery of various learning standards, including those from Common Core State Standards (CCSS), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and National Council of Social Studies (NCSS), as well as Washington State’s Social Studies Learning Standards. This may be very different than any other grading system you've been exposed to, and it can take awhile to understand why we use it, and how it shows what a student has really learned and can really do. For now, you should at least understand the types of “assessments” you’ll be completing.


►SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

Summative Assessments are the ones that directly determine your course grade. They are intended to help you show how well you understand the course standards we’ve been learning about, discussing, and thinking about, and working on in class and in homework activities.

Some important points to remember about Summative Assessments:

*These assessments make up 100% of your course grade.

*Any summative assessment may be retaken with proof of completion of all related formative assessments and additional study/practice for mastery.

*The only exceptions to this retake policy is the course final and work that has been plagiarized.

►FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

Formative Assessments are designed to help you prepare and practice, to learn new material, and to try out new skills. They indirectly determine your course grade by preparing you for the summative assessments.

Some important points to remember about Formative Assessments:

*Think of formative assessments as practices for a sport, or rehearsals for a play. They allow you to focus on new skills, to repeatedly go over areas of weakness or parts in need of improvement, and they prepare you for the big game or final performance.

*Examples include class assignments, homework, quizzes, study guides, and other classroom activities.


In addition to summative (graded) and formative (guiding) assessments, you will also see responsibility scores in your Skyward gradebook. These help show patterns of work, your habits toward academic expectations, and how you respond to things like deadlines. These do not directly determine your course grade but often provide clues as to why you are earning the assessment scores you are earning, and sometimes show ways to improve. As the grading period begins, pay attention to how the different types of assessments have an impact on your grade to understand the system and to meet your grade goal.

►Assessment Scoring and Your Grade

The score you receive on an assessment is my way of telling you what your work has shown me about how well you have learned a particular standard. The chart below will help you understand what those scores mean.

Points Possible

10 pt   

5 pt

4 pt

Meaning

*Advanced

9-10

5

4

“I understand the content/skills completely and can explain them in detail to others.”

*Proficient

7-8

4

3

“I understand most important things about the content/skills but still need a little help with some of it.”

*Developing

5-6

3

2

“I have a general understanding of the content/skills, but I’m also confused about some important parts.”

*Beginning

(or Incomplete)

1-4

1-2

1

“I need lots of help from my teacher (one-on-one) to explain the content.” Or “I haven’t finished enough of the work to show all content/skills requested.”

*Missing

0

0

0

“I do not provide any responses for which a judgment can be made about my understanding.”

►Retakes & Rewrites

With the exception of the course final, you are always welcome, encouraged, even expected to retake tests and quizzes, or to resubmit assignments, to improve your understanding. Before resubmitting work, however, you need to show that you've done something to learn more about the original material. Working lunches (see below), one-on-one tutoring, corrections, Wednesday study tables, or individual research can all serve as a way to do this.  Procedures for completing retakes and rewrites will be covered in class.

Be sure you understand HOW to improve on the original before undertaking a new version. If you have questions about something you don’t understand, or help with a difficult concept, project or task, please ask. (That’s what I’m here for.)

►Extra Credit

There is no extra credit offered in this class. But remember that ANY assignment (formative or summative) may be reworked and resubmitted if you aren’t satisfied with your score. If you want to improve your grade, all you have to do is show how you’ve improved your learning and mastery of a graded standard. Because retakes/rewrite scores REPLACE the original score, you can improve your grade with a retake much faster than with an extra credit assignment or project. And you may retake an assessment more than once, so work on it until YOU are satisfied with your score.

►AVERAGE STANDARD LEVEL SCORE TO LETTER GRADE CONVERSION

Because the Skyward Gradebook used at Columbia High School does not use the SBG numbering system above to show your course grade, summative assessments are converted into a standard percentage shown below to create a letter grade for the course, based on the 4 point standard shown above.

Letter

Standard  Levels

Percentage (Rounded)

 

Letter

Standard  Levels

Percentage (Rounded)

A

3.7-4.0

93-100%

 

C+

2.6-2.7

77%-79%

A-

3.4-3.6

90-92%

 

C

2.4-2.5

73%-76%

B+

3.2-3.3

87%-89%

 

C-

2.2-2.3

70%-72%

B

3.0-3.1

83%-86%

 

D+

2.0-2.1

67%-69%

B-

2.8-2.9

80%-82%

 

D

1.8-1.9

60%-66%


►PLEASE NOTE: You may not retake summative assessments if any related formative assessments are incomplete or missing. Don't fall into the trap of thinking you won't need to do the formative assessments, then learn you have to do a lot of them just to re-do your summative assessment. Do all work to the best of your ability as you go and you should do just fine.