Grading Practices

 

At Highland Middle School, our grading practices aim to provide a balanced and comprehensive picture of student achievement. By combining assessments, practice, and various classroom activities, we strive to reflect student progress and learning accurately. Our grading system is designed to support student growth, inform instruction, and communicate academic performance to students and parents.

Assessment Definition

To determine if students are meeting the standards, their progress must be measured over time. This measurement primarily occurs in the classroom, where teachers observe, question, review work assignments, test, and judge projects and performances. Additionally, district and state assessments measure students' performance against state standards on a larger scale.

Each level of measurement alone cannot provide a complete picture of student achievement. However, when combined, these measures create a learning profile that helps students, parents, and educators understand student progress and areas needing improvement. This progress data also informs teachers and administrators about necessary changes and improvements in programs, resources, and support.

Practice Definition

Practice refers to tasks and activities assigned to students to reinforce and apply the skills and knowledge learned in class. This includes homework assignments, in-class exercises, and other tasks designed to help students practice new concepts. The purpose of practice is to enhance understanding, build proficiency, and provide opportunities for students to apply what they have learned in different contexts. Practice activities are typically evaluated based on completion, effort, and accuracy, contributing to the overall learning process by allowing students to refine their skills and knowledge over time.

Subject-Specific Grading Practices

Math 

  • 6th Grade: 60% assessment, 40% practice.

  • 7th Grade: 70% assessment, 30% practice.

  • 8th Grade: 80% assessment, 20% practice.

  • Retakes Eligibility:

    • All work for the unit must be turned in.

    • Correction Form completed correctly.

    • Students have 1 week to complete the process.

    • Students take a new form of the test to earn up to half their points back.

Science 

  • 6th Grade:

    • 60% Assessments, 40% Practice

    • No corrections or retakes for credit.

    • Late work is accepted for partial credit until the end of the unit.

  • 7th Grade:

    • 70% Assessments, 30% Practice

    • Corrections and/or retakes are permitted for partial credit.

    • Late work is accepted for partial credit until the end of the unit.

  • 8th Grade:

    • 80% Assessments, 20% Practice

    • No corrections or retakes for credit.

    • Late work is accepted for partial credit until the end of the unit.

English Language Arts

  • 6th Grade: 60% Assessments, 40% Practice/Classwork

  • 7th Grade: 70% Assessments, 30% Practice/Classwork

  • 8th Grade: 80% Assessments, 20% Practice/Classwork

  • Categories in PowerSchool:

    • Homework

    • Classwork

    • Test

    • Quiz

    • Writing

    • Projects

  • Within assignments in PowerSchool, teachers include descriptors such as writing, grammar, literature/novels, vocabulary/Greek and Latin stems, and speaking/listening.

World Languages

  • 6th Grade: 70% assessment, 30% practice.

  • 7th Grade: 75% assessment, 25% practice.

  • 8th Grade: 80% assessment, 20% practice.

  • Retakes are allowed, and late work is accepted.

Social Studies

  • 6th Grade: 60% assessment, 40% practice.

  • 7th Grade: 70% assessment, 30% practice.

  • 8th Grade: 80% assessment, 20% practice.

Arts Block Classes

  • Performance Evaluation: Determined by efficiency, achievements, and on-task behaviors, focused on enhancing skill set development.

  • Skill Set Evaluation: Assessed through progressive learning and accumulated knowledge.

Physical Education 

  • Daily Grading System: Based on a daily 5-point system for participation, effort, and behavior. Grades reflect student engagement and adherence to class expectations.