Grading Design (Secondary Grading and Reporting)

Guidance for teachers or teams of teachers on how to set up their grading design to ensure grades reflect learning.

Teachers should work in collaborative teams to develop a grading design for arriving at the quarter and final grades.

All grades entered into the gradebook will relate directly to the standards listed in the Program of Studies or other designated curriculum and should reflect a student’s mastery of content or skills.

Achievement grades will be separated from work habit grades in order to accurately distinguish between actual learning and student demonstration of responsible behavior.

Student’s attendance, effort, attitude, or other behaviors will be communicated to parents/guardians through report comments or other means that do not include grades.

Guidance for teachers related to the separation of achievement and work habits are below:

  • Homework for practice or preparation for instruction may account for no more than 10 percent of a quarter grade.
  • Class participation may be included in a student’s grade if it is based on the quality of a student response and not the quantity of responses. If a team will include class participation in a student’s grade, guidelines for assessing must be included in the course syllabus.
  • Students will not be given extra credit or grades for activities such as bringing in classroom materials, providing parent/guardian signatures, participating in fundraising/charitable events, or participating in non-curricular activities.

Teams may choose either the 4 point grading scale or the 100 point grading scale. In addition, quarter grades may be calculated using a weighted category or total point system.

To ensure that no one grade has a disproportionate impact on the quarter grade, collaborative teams are encouraged to set grading design so that no one assignment/assessment counts more than 30 percent of the quarter grade.

Additional information about grade calculations can be found in the Determining Quarter and Final Grades section.

Grading designs should be approved by the department administrator and be given to students and parents/guardians at the beginning of the course as referenced in the Communicating with Students and Parents section.