It is our desire that our students have the most challenging, rigorous curriculum and educational experience possible while in our care. Additionally, we want to communicate as clearly and often as possible about our expectations for student success. In this endeavor, we have developed a school-wide grading policy.
We hope that you find this information beneficial and worthwhile. Please understand it is the right and responsibility of the teacher to assess student work. Please work with your child to relay the importance of completing all assigned work at the time that the work is due. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher at 919-553-7500.
The following grading policy will be followed by all Cleveland Middle School staff:
Homework is an integral part of the day. It allows for the student to show understanding and comprehension of the day's lesson. Because of its nature, it allows both the student and teacher to assess comprehension and mastery of the skill as well as the ability of the student to follow directions and rubrics. Specific examples of homework (but not limited to) include reading logs, practice of skills, and work assigned to review concepts taught during the day.
Classwork is defined as activities that are assigned within the classroom time. This may include but are not limited to binder checks, bellwork and warm-up activities as well as informal class participation. Students will be assessed for class participation in band, P.E., music and other classes. Students will receive a rubric on how these grades are derived.
Quiz is defined as an "informal test or examination of a student or class; a questioning; to examine or test (a student or class) informally by questions". Some specific examples of quizzes (but not limited to) are science labs, performance-based assessment and skills test. This may also include class participation activities required of the student to assess current performance such as music, band, technology and physical education skills. Quizzes will be announced.
A test is defined as "a procedure for critical evaluation; a means of determining the presence, quality, or truth of something; an examination, or experiment." There are 2 types of assessments: formative and summative. Formative assessments are often done more than once with the intention to show improvement. The purpose of a formative assessment is "to validate or ensure that goals of the instruction are being achieved and to improve instruction." A summative evaluation shows if the "learners learned what they were supposed to learn" and it lets the students know how they did. Some specific examples of tests and projects (but not limited to) may be portfolios, career projects, research projects and unit tests and/or projects. Tests may be teacher-made, textbook derived or computer-generated.
Students may retake 2 test per quarter. The retest grade will be averaged with the original test score.