Grading Policies

Grades will be based on the following percentages:

  • Standards: 10%

  • Science and Engineering Practices: 10 %

  • Cross-cutting Concepts: 10 %

  • Assessments: 15 %

  • Class Participation: 40 %

  • Demonstration of Learning:15%

The Standards, Science and Engineering Practices, and Cross-cutting Concepts  categories will be assessed using Mastery Based Grading. During the course of the quarter, you will have a variety of different assignments to assess the skill/ standard/ concept. As your mastery of the material increases, the previous grade will be replaced with the new grade. By the end of the quarter, your grade should reflect growth.

Class participation grades are effort grades based on work completion. Class participation grades are marked with either a check plus, a check or a check minus. These grades are usually worth 10 points. In PowerSchool, a check plus is recorded as a 95%, a check is recorded as a 75%, and a check minus is recorded as a 60%. There are class periods where students are graded based on a student's engagement during the class time. The rubric for these grades is found here.

Demonstration of Learning grades are based on understanding of the content and connection to the skills and cross-cutting concepts. These grades are usually between 5 and 20 points but can be up to 50 points.

Biology

Grades will be based on the following percentages:

  • Standards: 10%

  • Science and Engineering Practices: 10 %

  • Cross-cutting Concepts: 10 %

  • Assessments: 15 %

  • Class Participation: 40 %

  • Demonstration of Learning:15%

The Standards, Science and Engineering Practices, and Cross-cutting Concepts  categories will be assessed using Mastery Based Grading. During the course of the quarter, you will have a variety of different assignments to assess the skill/ standard/ concept. As your mastery of the material increases, the previous grade will be replaced with the new grade. By the end of the quarter, your grade should reflect growth.

Class participation grades are effort grades based on work completion. Class participation grades are marked with either a check plus, a check or a check minus. These grades are usually worth 10 points. In PowerSchool, a check plus is recorded as a 95%, a check is recorded as a 75%, and a check minus is recorded as a 60%. There are class periods where students are graded based on a student's engagement during the class time. The rubric for these grades is found here.

Demonstration of Learning grades are based on understanding of the content and connection to the skills and cross-cutting concepts. These grades are usually between 5 and 20 points but can be up to 50 points.

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Integrated Physical Science

The grading policies for each course is explained on this page. Click on your course to view the grading policy. The grading policy is also explained in your course syllabus. Course syllabus's can be found on the Classroom Norms page.

 
 

AP Biology

 

Throughout the year, you will be assessed regarding both your content knowledge and and science practice. The four main types of assessments are tests, quizzes, laboratory work and classwork. Frequently we will do projects. Projects will be graded as either test or quiz grades depending on the length and scope of the project. Grades will be based on the scale below:

  • Tests/ Performance Assessments 30%

  • Labs 20 %

  • Quizzes 20 %

  • Formative Assessments 15%

  • Homework/ Class Participation (Work Products) 15

All tests will be announced but quizzes may or may not be announced. Tests will always follow the structure of the AP exam and include a multiple choice section, grid in questions, short answers, and long answers with questions from previous AP exams. 10 percent of tests will include material from past units. The AP exam is cumulative; it is important that we are expanding our content knowledge through the year and retaining the information already covered. All activities in class are designed with the purpose of best preparing to score your highest possible score on the AP Exam in May.
 
Tests will be graded using the same scoring system as the 2016 AP Biology Exam. Below is the table outlining the scoring system.

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