In the Wake County Public School System and at Garner Magnet High School, we are committed to maintaining rigorous performance and achievement standards for all students and to providing a fair and consistent process for evaluating and reporting student progress that is understandable to students and their parents and relevant for instructional purposes. The purpose of a grading system is to appropriately and consistently measure and communicate a student’s level of mastery of defined learning objectives. In addition, all WCPSS grading and reporting practices will support the learning and teaching process and encourage success for all students.
Board policy 3400 directs each principal to...
Final Grade = .40(1st/2ndQuarter Average) + .40(3rd/4th Quarter Average) + .20(Final Exam grade)
*1st Semester averages will include a comprehensive mid-term assessment that counts no more than 10% of either the 2nd or 3rd quarter average.
Homework assignments are purposeful continuations or extensions of the instructional program and appropriate to the students’ developmental level. Homework helps students become responsible, self-directed learners, improves their academic achievement and provides reinforcement opportunities.
Homework will not exceed 10% of a student’s academic grade for a given marking period. Each Professional Learning Team (PLT)* will determine a percentage for homework based on the structure and needs of the PLT. If a PLT combines homework with another category, homework itself will not count more than 10% of a student’s grade.
*A professional learning team is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise, and works collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students.
Assignments and assessments are an appropriate and consistent evaluation of academic achievement. Evaluation of academic achievement employs formative and summative assessments to determine a student’s level of mastery of curriculum objectives.
All GMHS students will take a Mid-Term examination in every course, which will occur either end of 2nd quarter or beginning of 3rd quarter.
All GMHS students (except for those seniors eligible for an exam exemption) will take a Final examination in every course. All Final examianations will occur during the school-wide scheduled final exam window.
All assignments and assessments will be aligned with state/district adopted standards and/or curriculum and be designed per PLT (professional learning team/subject area) to appropriately assess student achievement.
PLTs will develop common formative and summative assignments and assessments to evaluate students’ mastery of objectives. PLTs will use common rubrics to assist in the evaluative process. Individual PLTs assure assessment category weights and grading considerations, especially in terms of mastery, are consistent throughout the PLT and are approved by the principal.
No single assignment will count more than 10% of the student’s semester grade.
Missed work is work a student misses due to an absence from class.
Late work is work that is not turned in on the due date, but the student is present in class.
For all students, our school seeks to provide a prevention/intervention system that promotes successful completion and mastery of work.
The following are school-wide expectations for how all stakeholders support prevention/intervention efforts:
NOTE: In the circumstance that a student’s semester average is below a 50%, the student will be given the opportunity to sign a Grade Recovery Contract. If the student adheres to the conditions of the contract, the student’s first semester average can be recovered to a minimum of 50%.
Extra credit is offered at the discretion of each professional learning team. When offered, extra credit opportunities to improve grades must be connected to learning outcomes and consistent within PLTs. Extra credit may not replace missing and/or late work.
Interims / progress reports may be a hard copy or up-to-date recording in PowerSchool. The reports inform the parent/legal guardian of the student’s progress at that time. Interim reports are issued to all students at the mid-point of each quarter. Grades are updated a minimum of every 3 weeks in PowerSchool for parents/guardians, counselors, teachers, and administration to access.
Teachers use the following PowerSchool functions to communicate additional information as to assignment status:
These grades will be reported on the student transcript as numeric grades, rather than letter grades as have been reported in prior years.
In addition to the grade scale change, new standards for quality points will take effect for students entering high school for the first time in the 2015-16 school year and thereafter. This change will not affect students who entered high school prior to the 2015-16 school year.
The new quality points standard will provide an additional 0.5 quality point to Honors courses and one (1) additional quality point to Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate courses, community colleges courses or four-year university or college courses taken in high school. This new standard provides the same additional quality point to all college-level coursework.
While a student should receive a grade whenever possible, the teacher may issue an "Incomplete" (I), with principal approval, when students are unable to complete assignments that are major components of the grade. Students must adhere to the teacher's plan for completing those assignments or the grade will revert to the original grade. Incompletes will not be used for 4th quarter grades.
For more information, review Board Policy 5520: Grading System.