This course uses a proficiency-based grading system. Grades are based solely on demonstration of mastery of the concepts in the math course syllabus. Students must show proficiency in ALL major concepts to earn credit for the class and higher order thinking questions will be used to determine grades higher than a C. Students will demonstrate their mastery of concepts through formal assessments (either written or oral) that may take the form of a quiz, test, presentation, or project. Any assessment, other than final exams and the final draft of a project, can be retaken, though students must complete the requirements (see below) prior to a retake. To help increase retention, any previously learned skill can appear on later tests.
How Are The Skills Scored?
Most skills will be assessed 3 times. A student's overall score on a skill is based on the median of the scores. If a skill is assessed more than 3 times, only the most recent three scores will be used in the median calculation. Assessments of skills will be scored using the following rubric.
How Are Overall Grades Calculated?
Calculation of a student's overall grade in the course is based on the student's overall median score in each of the skills.
Any skill earning a 5 or below can be retaken.
Revisions + Reflections + Homework will be required prior to retakes. There will be periodic deadlines for retakes of certain skills. If a student misses the deadline, more work will be required in order to be eligible to retake.
Homework Policy:Homework is assigned [Geometry: and it will be collected]. It is expected and anticipated that students will have questions about the assigned work and that they will have an opportunity to ask these questions in class.
Though homework does not directly effect a student's grade, it is expected and anticipated that the student has worked as far as possible on each problem and has sought help if there are many questions. If a student does not know how to complete a problem, s/he should leave as much work as s/he knew how to do. Then, they should write a sentence about what s/he did not know. This will help the student articulate and identify the specific challenges and help the teacher provide more efficient and helpful feedback.
Of course doing homework in a studious and serious manner will effect a student's grade through their work on assessments.
[Geometry: A student's homework grade must be at least 80% to be eligible to retake assessments.
In the case that a student has lower than an 80% completion rate, s/he must complete each missing assignment.