Academic Regulations

Assessment and Grading

  • (Updated August 2017)

    The Wake County Public School System and Garner Magnet High School 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. The following grading plan has been developed in accordance with WCPSS Board Policy 3400.

    Grading System

    The North Carolina State Board of Education directs public schools to use a standard 10-point grading scale for all students in grades 9-12. (State Board Policy GCS-A-016 and GCS-L-004)

    Using this scale, letter grades are assigned as follows:

    A: 90-100
    B: 80-89
    C: 70-79
    D: 60-69
    F: < 60

    Grades are reported on report cards and student transcripts as numeric grades, rather than letter grades.

    All courses use a uniform process and formula to calculate students’ grades.

    36 Week Courses (Year-long)
    Semester 1
    Semester 2
    Final Exam
    18 Week Courses (semester 1)
    Quarter 1
    Quarter 2
    Final Exam
    18 Week Courses (semester 2)
    Quarter 3
    Quarter 4
    Final Exam

    All courses will include a comprehensive midterm assessment that will count for 10% of the first OR second term grade.

    All courses will include a comprehensive, written final examination that will count for 20% of the final grade and will be given during the school-wide scheduled final exam window. Seniors who meet certain attendance and average requirements may be exempt from a teacher-made final exam. (WCPSS Regulation 6000 R&P Attendance §I)

    The maximum any single assignment or assessment will count is 10% of a student’s term grade.

    Homework, Classwork, Assignments and Assessments

    WCPSS Regulation 3135-R&P Homework gives district expectations regarding homework. The following are school-wide expectations for student engagement, homework, classwork, assignments, and assessments:

    • Assignments identified as homework will count for no more than 10% of a student’s term average.
    • Assignments identified as classwork will count for no more than 25% of a student’s term average. Classwork assignments are assignments, described by the subject area professional learning team (PLT), that a student is expected to substantially complete during class time.
    • A student who is present throughout the 90 minute block and refuses to adhere to the requirements of an assignment can earn a “0” on the assignment.

    Gradebook Symbols/Comments

    In order to help students and parents understand the status of assignments in PowerSchools Gradebook the following symbols will be used separately and in combination to indicate the status of a student’s work.

    Collected  Collected  A student submitted the assignment on time. The assignment has yet to be graded.

    This symbol when combined with the comment “R” indicates that a student was present in class, but refused to adhere to the requirements of an assignment. The student will receive a “0” for this assignment and the assignment cannot be made up.

    Collected Late  Collected/Late  A student has submitted an assignment, but it was submitted after the assigned due date (not due to an excused absence) and the assignment has yet to be graded. This combination of symbols will also be accompanied by a comment as follows:

    • L1 = One class day late: 10% Deduction
    • L2 = Two class days late: 20% Deduction
    • L3 = Three class days late: 30% Deduction
    • L4 = Four class days late: 40% Deduction
    • XL = Excessively Late (5+ days late) 50% of earned grade

    Missing  Missing  A student has not yet submitted an assignment or submitted the assignment after the subsequent Excessively Late Work deadline. This symbol will be found in conjunction with a “0” grade for the assignment. If the Excessively Late Work deadline has not passed, a student may still submit the assignment and the “0” will be updated to the earned score less the deduction.

    Missed and Makeup work.

    Students who do not submit an assignment on the assigned due date as the result of an excused absence may make up the work under the conditions set forth in WCPSS Regulation 6000 R&P Attendance § F.

    Late Work

    Except in the case of an excused absence, work that is submitted after the assigned due date but no later than 2:30 p.m. on the subsequent Excessively Late Work (XLW) deadline will be considered late. Late work will be graded at a standard consistent with the original work and assigned a deduction as follows:

    1. One class day late = 10% deduction
    2. Two class days late = 20% deduction
    3. Three class days late = 30 % deduction
    4. Four class days late = 40% deduction
    5. Five or more class days late* = 50% of the earned grade (Example an assignment earning a 90% will receive a 45% deduction)

    Submission of Excessively Late Work is limited to assignments that are NOT categorized as “Homework” or “Classwork”. Teachers will use discretion to determine if a homework or classwork assignment can be submitted as excessive late work.

    The school-wide Excessively Late Work (XLW) deadlines are determined annually and published on the school’s A/B Calendar.

    Academic Misconduct

    Work submitted that does not adhere to the GMHS Academic Honesty Policy will be subject to the consequences outlined in that policy.


    For all students, our school seeks to provide a prevention/intervention system that promotes successful completion and mastery of work.  In the circumstance that a student’s 1st term average is below a 60%, the student will be given the opportunity to complete an Academic Recovery Plan. If the student adheres to the conditions of the plan, the student’s first semester average can be recovered to a minimum of 59%.

Last Modified on August 19, 2017