Grading

Grades entered for academic work must reflect student achievement only. Grades should not be given for returning signed papers, attending school functions (does not include course required performances), bringing supplies, etc.

Number of Grades per 6/9 Week Grading Period- The district requirement is a minimum of 9-12 grades per grading period. Grades are required to be updated at a minimum of once a week in the district electronic grade book. 

Acceptable Graded Work

  •  Daily oral work that can be evaluated to measure student progress/achievement
  •  Daily written work
  •  Projects 
  •  Lab work
  •  Presentations
  •  Performance requirements in alignment with course standards
  •  Tests
  •  Quizzes
  •  Homework 
  •  Participation grades measuring student progress/achievement

Weighted Grades- Grade weights must be consistent across the district in core academic subjects/courses/grade levels and must be clearly communicated to parents and students. 

Elementary:
Equal weight is given to formative work that focuses on student learning such as daily class work as well as summative assessments such as quizzes, projects and tests.
*Language Arts grades consists of:

  • 50% Reading
  • 40% Writing, Language, composition, grammar, etc.
  • 10% Spelling

Pre-K, Kindergarten      Standards based
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th           Equal weight is given to all grades

Academic Dishonesty (K-8)-The District encourages teachers to investigate the reason for a student choosing to cheat, plagiarize, copy, etc. the work of another student and/or engage in unauthorized communication during an examination or other unauthorized collaboration. Once a determination has been made that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty, the student will be required to redo the assignment or complete an alternative assignment for a grade of no more than a 70 on the work. Further interventions may include attending tutoring, referral to counseling, or referral to SIR and campus administration. Disciplinary action may be considered for repeat offenders.

Grading Ranges- Grades are based on the following scale: A is 90-100, B is 80-89, C is 70-79, and F is 69 and below. Student work quality and mastery of assignment/skill must be reflected in the grade given to the student. The district does not support grading of 69, and teachers have the option of adjusting the grade. With regard to district assessments, intervention and re-teaching must take place prior to curving grades involving TEKS already taught. TEKS not yet taught may be extracted and grades adjusted without intervention and re-teaching.

Curving Grades- The process of curving grades is not supported as best instructional practice. If the majority of students do not successfully master instructional objectives, then lesson redesign, re-teaching and reassessing must occur. Any variance from this will be approved on a case by case basis by the campus principal.

Grading Make-up Work Due to Absences-Students must be given a reasonable opportunity to make up a class assignment, course performance or examination for which he/she was absent. Make-up work is assigned the same grading guidelines as regular assigned work. There is not a penalty for make-up work that is turned in within the district timelines.
For every school day absent, the student has the number of days absent plus one additional day for completion.Teachers may assign different or additional work to ensure students who have been absent have sufficient opportunity to master the essential knowledge and skills or to meet subject or course requirements. The assignments shall be based on the instructional objectives for the subject or course and may provide greater depth of subject matter than routine make-up work. Students shall receive a zero for any assignment or test not made up in the allotted time.

Grading Late Work- The goal of the district policy is to make sure that students complete their work. The operational definition of late work is when a student has been provided adequate time and instruction to complete the work and has not completed it by the due date.

  • Elementary Guidelines- all work will be completed by the end of the nine week reporting period for full credit. Any work turned in after the reporting period will not be accepted.
  • Middle School Guidelines- 5% per day will be deducted for late work with a maximum penalty of 30%. Any work turned in after reporting period will not be accepted.
  • Intermediate School Guidelines-- 5% per day will be deducted for late work with a maximum penalty of 30%. Any work turned in after reporting period will not be accepted.
  • High School Guidelines- 10% per day will be deducted for late work with a maximum penalty of 30%. A teacher may enter a zero after three school days if they have attempted to resolve the uncompleted grade and documented the efforts. Any work turned in after reporting period will not be accepted.

Grading for Re-doing Work- Our district purpose for students redoing campus based assessments, quizzes and assignments is to support student mastery of course objectives. In order to support student learning, teachers will provide appropriate interventions for students before they correct an assessment or re-do work. Students will be given the opportunity to re-do failing work after appropriate interventions have been implemented.Work that has been redone will receive a maximum grade of 70%. (Semester exams may be an exception.)

Campuses should have systems in place to increase the capacity for students to turn in their work on time: i.e. interventions, detentions, after school hours, tutoring, incentives, etc.
 
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