Assessments

Students will have a variety of assessments this year in different formats to allow for student success and to guide the learning process.

Types of Grades:
  • traditional assessments- based on accuracy
    • will require studying information provided in class, reading content when assigned, and attention to class discussions
    • will be multiple choice, discussion, fill in the blank, and/or matching

  • performance tasks- based on completion of specific requirements (differentiated instruction)
    • will be worked on in school and at home and are most often a research project
    • will be presented to the class and demonstrates what the student has learned through his/her research
    • will likely be presented in a creative format

  • informal assessments- based on effort not accuracy (differentiated instruction)
      • journals (reflections, graphs, lab reports, writing prompts, artistic representations, etc.)
      • homework
      • class participation and collaborative work activities

  • standardized- based on application of knowledge
    • MAP
    • state test

Traditional assessments and performance tasks assess specific knowledge and will typically be graded on a scale of 12 - 25 points and converted to a percentage. Vocabulary and informal tasks (formative assessments) assess student understanding during the learning process and help guide instruction. Vocabulary assessments in science and social studies will be combined to equal a test grade since they are usually worth fewer points on any one assessment. Informal assessments are based on effort and will be graded on either a non-graded check system or a graded 2 - 4 point scale. If graded on a small point scale, informal assessments will also be combined to create at least one main grade.

The Check System

  • provides student feedback with "checks" and will not be in the grade book
    • a check is sufficient work but more effort should be made (B/C)
    • a check plus is good or great work (A/B)
    • a check minus would equate to much more effort needed (D/F) by the student
    • a stamp means that the student's work is on task

The Point System
  • Will be in the grade book, multiple assignments may be combined into one grade, or the assignment may stand alone in the grade book, Example:
    • a score of '2' points (2/2), for instance, means the student met the requirements (A/B)
    • a '1' (1/2) means the student met some requirements, not all (C/D)
    • a '0' (0/2) means the student failed to complete the assignment (F)


Converting grades
  • To calculate an individual grade to see where a student falls on the traditional A,B,C grading scale at any given time, divide the number of points earned (top #) by the number of points possible (bottom #) and multiply by 100 to obtain the percentage and compare it to the district grading scale for an equivalent letter grade.
  • Example: a 19/21 score (19pts out of 21pts) is converted by: 19 divided by 21 = .904 x 100 = 90%