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 Policy Code: 3400 Evaluation of Student Progress, WCPSS Regulation Code: 3400-R&P Evaluation of Student Progress and WCPSS Policy Code: 3410 Testing and Assessment Program.
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:
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
18 Week Courses (semester 1) Quarter 1
18 Week Courses (semester 2) Quarter 3
All courses will include a comprehensive midterm assessment that will count for 10% of the first 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 will be exempt from non-State exams under the following parameters:
Year Long Courses:
- 6 or fewer excused absences with an A average
- 4 or fewer excused absences with a B average
- 2 or fewer excused absences with a C average
Semester Long Courses:
- 3 or fewer excused absences with an A average
- 2 or fewer excused absences with a B average
- 1 or fewer excused absences with a C average
For the 2021-2022 school year, students in Grade 12 may be exempt from non-state exams and field tests based on the following criteria: Students who have a projected final course average of C or higher are eligible to be exempt. Absences will not be considered in determining exemption status for the 2021-2022 school year. The principal has final authority to determine a student's exemption status.
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.
- The maximum any single assignment or assessment will count is 10% of a student’s term grade.
- 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.
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 Policy 4400 Attendance § C Excused Absences.
Except in the case of an absence, work that is submitted after the assigned due date but no later than 11:59 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:
- One class day late = 10% deduction
- Two class days late = 20% deduction
- Three class days late = 30% deduction
- Four class days late = 40% deduction
- Five or more class day late* = 50% of the earned grade (Example an assignment earning a 90% will receive a 45% deduction)
The school-wide Excessively Late Work (XLW) deadlines are determined annually and published on the school’s A/B Calendar.
In order to help students and parents understand the status of a student's assignments in PowerSchools Gradebook, the following symbols may be used separately and in combination to indicate the status of a student’s work.
CollectedA student has submitted the assignment.
IncompleteA student has submitted the assignment but the submitted work was incomplete.
MissingA student has not submitted an assignment or submitted the assignment after the subsequent Excessively Late Work deadline. Note: When an assignment is missing—even in the case of an absence—a grade of “0” will be entered into PowerSchools Gradebook 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 grade less any applicable late deduction.
ExemptThe teacher has exempted the student from the assignment and the assignment will not be used in grade calculations
Symbols can be used in combination to give additional information about the status of an assignment
Missing/AbsentA student has not yet submitted the assginment but the student was absent on the day the assignment was collected. 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 Policy 4400 Attendance § C Excused Absences.
Missing/LateA student has not yet submitted an assignment, but the original due date has passed. If the student submits the assignment prior to the Excessively Late Work deadline, the work will be graded and “0” will be updated to the earned score less any late deduction.
Collected/LateA student has submitted an assignment, but it was submitted after the assigned due date not due to an excused absence.
When marked Late, the assignment 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+ class days late) 50% of earned grade
Work submitted that does not adhere to the District 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%.
Adopted: August 2017
Garner Magnet High School