• GRADING POLICY

     

    Final Average

    The final average reflects the quality of a student’s performance in course work throughout the year. When midterm, final, or Regents examinations are used in the calculation of the final average, such calculation shall be computed as follows:

    Grade 9 - 12 Course  Marking Period Midterm Final Regents
    Full Year Course - Ends in Final Exam 20% 8% 12% NA
    Full Year Course - End in Regents Exam 20% 8% NA 12%
    Semester Course  40% NA 20% NA

     

     

     

     

     When no final examination, midterm examination, or Regents examination is administered (due to an excused absence), remaining grades will be recalculated to determine the final average. Consistent with the District’s Attendance policy, such absence must be verified with written medical or official documentation specifically substantiating the reason for the absence. 

    Scores obtained on subsequent administrations of Regents examinations after the course has been completed will not affect the final course grade.  

    Progress Reports and Mid-Quarter Appraisals 

    Report cards are issued every 10 weeks. Recorded on the report will be a numerical grade and an absence and lateness report. Absences in each subject matter class are also recorded.

    Questions regarding absences should be referred to the attendance office.  A student who receives a grade between 65-70 should realize this is borderline failure and thus apply extra effort to the subject areas at once.

    Teachers may issue five-week mid-quarter appraisal reports to certain students.  Parents are encouraged to contact the teacher and guidance counselor when a student receives a mid-quarter appraisal which indicates less than satisfactory progress. 

    Minimum Grade

    For secondary school students, 50% shall be considered the minimum grade for a student’s quarterly course average. However, the teacher has the discretion to give a grade lower than 50% when the situation so warrants. If a quarterly course average of 50% or lower is given, direct communication must occur between the teacher and the student’s parent/guardian. It is also important that communication occur between the teacher, their immediate supervisor, and the student’s guidance counselor. The teacher also retains the discretion to assign a higher final average than the one provided by formula. Therefore, a grade lower than 50% for a marking period will not preclude a student from passing a course should his/her performance improve significantly.

    Regents Retakes

    Students who retake Regents exams have the option of having only the higher exam grade appear on their transcript. Obtaining a higher or lower grade on a retake of a Regents exam after the course has been completed will not affect the final course grade.

     


     

    Grading Systems

    • Grading is considered a positive tool to indicate achievement and development in each class or subject in which a student is enrolled. The Board of Education recognizes that the classroom teacher has the primary responsibility to evaluate students and determine student grades.
       
    • The District will use a uniform grading system. Classroom teachers will evaluate students and assign grades according to the established system.

    • Grading will be based upon student academic achievement, improvement, and participation in classroom discussions and activities. Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be informed regularly, at least four (4) times a year, of their child’s progress. The use of marks and symbols will be appropriately explained.

    • Grading will not be used for disciplinary purposes, i.e., reducing a test grade for being disruptive in class, although a lower grade may be given for failure to complete assigned work or for lack of class participation. 

    • All students are expected to complete the assigned class work and homework as directed by the teacher. Students are also expected to participate meaningfully in class discussions and activities. If work is missed, the student is expected to make up the work in accordance with the Board’s policy on student attendance. 

    Grading Systems Regulation

    • Consistent with Board policy, student grades shall be based on academic performance on tests, quizzes and other assessments, homework assignments, reports, projects, laboratory reports, effort, preparedness, and class interaction and participation, which shall be consistent with course goals and New York State Learning Standards, thus providing the student and their parent(s)/guardian(s) information about his/her level of content and skills mastery.

    • Grading:  The calculation of a student’s marking period grade shall be based on multiple measures consistent with those previously noted. Written procedures regarding the weight and distribution of measures shall be provided to teaching staff by the building principal/department supervisor at the beginning of each school year. Teaching staff shall establish grading systems in accordance with these procedures and provide to their immediate supervisor their grading system for approval prior to distribution to students and parents.

    • All secondary teachers shall be required to distribute their grading system to students within the first month of the commencement of the class. Elementary teachers shall provide to students and their parents/guardians a grade-appropriate explanation of their grading system by the end of parent-teacher conferences in the Fall. 

    • Student’s grades shall be permanently recorded by the teacher consistent with procedures established by the building principal or his/her designee at designated times throughout the school year. Once a grade has been assigned, it shall not be altered except upon conferral with the teacher, the teacher’s immediate supervisor, and/or the building principal. 

    • Numerical grades will be used to implement a four (4.0) point scale for calculating grade point averages starting with the class of 2013 and thereafter (students first entering ninth grade in 2009 and thereafter).

    • For students in the Class of 2013 and thereafter (students first entering ninth grade in 2009 and thereafter) in computing grade point average, our new weighting system would include an addition of five points for AP courses and three points for all Pre-AP courses and all College Level program courses. 

    • Transfer Students:  Students who transfer to the District from other districts or private/parochial schools shall have grades and course credits earned at their previous school identified as such on their transcript. Only grades and course credits earned through the District shall be used in calculating the student’s grade point average (GPA).