Our mission is to provide an exemplary individualized and engaging educational experience for all students by incorporating school and community/family partnerships coupled with a rigorous curriculum within a data-driven and student-centered instructional model. Student success will be measured by valid and reliable assessment data and continued institutional growth within the academic community. In the spirit of the student success measurement component, the following guidelines outline our mastery-based grading principles and expectations.
Each team will provide a syllabus containing all content area information.
Final grades are reported numerically based on the following grading scale:
- A: 90 -100
- B: 80 - 89
- C: 70 – 79
- F: 69 and below
Grades are calculated as outlined below:
|OMS Coursework||25%||Discussions, curriculum lessons/quizzes/checkpoints, etc. **Teacher may adjust, add or delete assignments with approval from Chair/AA with no less than 5 assignments/semester.|
|Assessments||25%||Unit Tests, Teacher-created Assessments, etc.|
|Extended Coursework Activities||10%||Projects, research papers, essays, labs, etc.|
|Reinforcement Assignments||10%||USA Test Prep Assignments, Review Activities, Map Skill assignments, Standards Notebook assignments, Study Guides, etc.|
|Class Engagement Compliance||10%||Student is adhering to their individualized Class Engagement Requirements|
|Final Exam||10%||Last interim assessment of each semester (counts as grade received)|
|Mandatory Benchmark/Growth/Summative Assessment Participation||10%||Pre-Test, MAP, Interim Assessments, EOG, etc. THESE EXAMS ARE MANDATORY -THIS SECTION GIVES CREDIT/INCENTIVE FOR PARTICIPATION|
There must be at a minimum five (5) grades per semester in all sections of the grade book except for the Final Exam Section, which will have one (1) grade per semester. Note: A Project/Paper may be broken down into 5 sections if necessary for extended coursework section.
- Mandatory Benchmark/Growth/Summative Assessment Participation grades shall be either 0% or 100%, based on whether the exam was taken or not.
- Students may earn over 100% on any assignment/test/benchmark with extra credit.
- A student’s overall cumulative average grade may be over 100% in a grade level’s subject area.
- A student’s overall cumulative grade earned in any subject/course shall be reflected on their report card/transcript and accurately reported in Infinite Campus to the second decimal place.
- Teacher graded assignments should be graded within seventy-two hours of submission, Monday-Friday.
Consistent and steady use of OMS, USA Test Prep, STRIDE, MAP Skills and other resources assigned by the content teacher(s) in all subject areas is a critical component in preparing for the End of Grade Testing. It will also provide frequent feedback for both the parent and teacher on how well the student is mastering the Georgia Performance Standards. USA Test Prep is also used for interim assessments for the content areas. Teachers will provide the instructions to accessing these assignments via the Class Connect classrooms and school email.
- Set at 2 attempts
- Student is invited to a Small Group or 1:1 Content Learner Conference for reteach and 3rd attempt. LATE plan for assignments other than Interim Assessments
- No higher than an 80% if more than two weeks late.
- Corrections deadline is within 2 weeks of the due date.
- Teacher discretion for one off/emergency situations
*Some assignments will have a hard deadline to be decided by content. For example, study guides or test corrections.
Five Interim Assessments will be given throughout the school year, each aligned to assess the state standards.
Prior to Instructional Cycle 1, students will complete a pretest.
- Instructional Cycle 1: August 10 – September 28
- Instructional Cycle 2: October 1 – November 2
- Instructional Cycle 3: November 5 – December 20
- Instructional Cycle 4: January 7 – February 15
- Instructional Cycle 5: February 19 – March 29
- Instructional Cycle 6: April 8 – May 24
Each Instructional Cycle will include a variety of assignments. Assignments may include but are not limited to: constructed responses, labs, OMS quizzes, OMS tests, tickets out the door, moderated discussion boards, projects, essays, STRIDE, MAP Skills and USA Test Prep assignments.
If a student does not complete a mandatory assignment, they will receive a 0% for an incomplete assignment. Teachers will enter 0s each Friday for any missing assignments. All assignments are graded for accuracy, and the student’s actual score will be entered in the gradebook. Teachers will provide feedback on teacher graded work within three school days of receiving the submission. Teachers will have up to five school days for extended writing assignments, where more time for review and feedback are needed.
Interim Assessments/Final Exams
Interim Assessments/Final Exams (IAs) will be administered during the final week of the Instructional Cycle. Interim Assessments 1, 2, and 3 will count as a participation grade in the Mandatory Benchmark/Growth/Summative Assessment Participation category. SEM 1 Final Exam and SEM 2 Final Exam scores will be recorded in the gradebook as a final exam and count toward the student’s final course average. They will be graded for accuracy and the student's actual score will be entered in the Final Exam category of the gradebook.
- USA TP parameters will be set to show the answers after student completes test. (Corrections must include the explanation of why they answered incorrectly)
- Students may take the Interim Assessments ONE time.
- Final exam study guides are REQUIRED to be provided to students
- Teacher will offer Final exam test corrections. The points earned for test corrections will be added to the test score in OMS.
- Count each correct response as half credit based on the point value of the question on the Final Exam. (4- point question is worth 2 points in correction.)
- Beginning and Developing Learners will complete Final Exams in Live Class Connect in a breakout room with their web cam and microphone on (if possible). Proficient and Advanced Learners may take in live class or asynchronously within the assigned week.
- Students must follow the format given by the content teacher for test correction points to be earned.
- Late policy- student still cannot exceed 70.
LATE Plan for Interim Assessments/Final Exams
Interim Assessments/Final Exams will be given full credit earned if completed within the window in which they are assigned. OMS accounts will be locked for failure to take the Interim Assessments/Final Exam. This means the student will not have access to the content courses for a 24-hour period until the Interim Assessment/Final Exam is completed. Final exam - After the due date, the maximum credit the student may earn is a 70%, unless determined otherwise by administration. An example of this: Student A scores a 65 and turned it in late. Student receives a 65 in the grade book. Student B scores an 80 and turned it in late. Student receives a 70 in the grade book. Students who have a current IEP or 504 will receive their testing accommodations during the testing experience.
|Pretest/MAP||8/13– 8/17||See schedule in CC for administration or contact content teacher(s)||Participation Grade|
|IA 1- Check||9/24 - 27||Asynchronous assignment||Participation Grade|
|IA 2- Check||10/29 – 11/1||Asynchronous assignment||Participation Grade|
|Winter MAP||12/10 – 12/13||See schedule in CC for administration or contact content teacher(s)||Participation Grade|
|Final Exam SEM 1||12/17 – 12/20||See schedule in CC for administration or contact content teacher(s)||Earned grade recorded|
|IA 3 - Check||2/11 – 2/14||Asynchronous assignment||Participation Grade|
|Final Exam SEM 2||3/25 – 3/28||See schedule in CC for administration or contact content teacher(s)||Earned grade recorded|
|Spring MAP||5/7 – 5/10||See schedule in CC for administration or contact content teacher(s)||Participation Grade|
Commitment to Pacing
Students are encouraged to remain on pace in their course work and to complete course work in the order in which it is assigned.
Pre-tests are mandatory as these critical assessments help teachers design learning experiences and inform instructional groupings. All students who enroll in the course will be required to complete the pre-test. This pre-test will be entered in to the gradebook as a completion grade only. A grade of 0% will be given as a participation grade in the OMS gradebook to all enrolled students who have not taken the pretest within the assigned time.
Students enrolling after the start of each semester will not be required to complete quizzes given prior to their official course start date. However, it is in the student’s best interest to review the material that was covered prior to their entrance to help them with acquiring future concepts. Each content teacher will communicate to the student/LC the actual date student is responsible for assignments.
No matter the enrollment date, students are required to take Interim Assessments/Final Exams, since the assumption is student would have been in a previous school and therefore responsible for the standards.
Extra credit will be limited to the weight of one coursework assignment as decided by content grade level. It is offered to all students.
A student may be offered no more than three attempts on any mandatory classwork assignments. Students may earn the opportunity to retake an assessment (i.e. quiz or unit test) by participating in a learner conference, completing an additional assignment or remediation module in the OMS or USATP, or attending a review session. Students will not be allowed to retake an interim assessment.
Progress reports will be emailed by each content teacher every 9 weeks per the Department of Education’s Title I engagement recommendation. Data Coach will email learning coaches/students every 9 weeks an update on contents, PE, Health and Art (if taken), High School Spanish (if taken, only offered to 8 th grade ALP students). Therefore, students/LCs will receive grade updates every 4.5 weeks. These grades will be posted in Infinite Campus at the end of each semester.
- 9/12/2018 - Each content teacher sends progress report
- 10/12/2018 - Data Coach send 9-weeks report (includes, Health, PE, Art)
- 11/14/18 – Each content teacher sends progress report
- 12/14/18 - Data Coach send 9-weeks report (includes, Health, PE, Art)
- 2/6/2019 – Each content teacher sends progress report
- 3/11/2019 - Data Coach send 9-weeks report (includes, Health, PE, Art)
- 4/10/2019 – Each content teacher sends progress report
- 5/13/2019 - Data Coach send 9-weeks report (includes, Health, PE, Art)
Final Semester Grades
The midpoint of the school year marks the end of semester 1 and the end of the school year marks the end of semester 2. The grades at the end of EACH semester are reported on the student’s final transcript. First semester ends January 2 and second semester ends May 24. Grades at the end of the first semester are reported on the first semester report card. Grades at the end of the second semester are reported o the second semester report card.