Answered By: Lora Cowell Last Updated: Jul 10, 2015 Views: 2
In keeping with the philosophy that grades should reflect achievement, 75% of a student’s grade is based on K & S (Knowledge and Skills). After students have received instruction and had time to practice, their level of mastery will be assessed through completion of quizzes, tests, essays, speeches, presentations, or projects. These “summative” assessments will be included in the K & S grade. Note: Semester Exams make up 15% of a student’s Final Grade and are part of K & S.
The other 25% of a student’s grade is based on effort. The district believes that learning is a process and students learn through practice. This practice occurs through class discussions and the completion of assignments such as homework assignments, guided readings, exercises, worksheets, and practice assessments. These assignments serve to monitor and guide student learning and provide teachers and students with feedback on their mastery of skills and content. They are “formative.” This formative work will be graded for task completion and participation. Students may receive feedback on the accuracy of formative work, but accuracy may not be graded.