Grading

Three Rivers School has adopted a competency-based grading model that places greater emphasis on summative assessments that demonstrate student achievement than on formative assessments that are designed for students to improve and practice developing skills.  To that end, summative assessments like tests, projects, portfolios, and writing samples, etc. comprise 90% of a student’s grade while formative assessments like practice activities at home and in class represent 10% of a student’s grade.

In addition to a holistic grade for the entire class, report cards will provide grades for specific competencies within each course to gain more specific data regarding student achievement.

For formative, summative and course grades, we use a 4-point scale to represent student progress toward a learning goal.  This 4-point scale is used to:

  • Provide a more accurate representation of student achievement.
  • Avoid the confusion caused by using the modified 100-point scale we have been using in the past.
  • Better show student progress to a stated learning goal (key to competency-based grading).
  • Allow the use of a recoverable zero that has an equal weight compared to other levels of mastery.
  • Enhance continuity with the grading system used in the district’s elementary schools as well as standardized assessments.

The 4-point scale is predicated on having a stated learning goal and measuring where the student is in relation to that goal.  Below are descriptors for the levels of the 4-point scale.

0 – No Evidence

  • The student has not turned in the assignment.
  • The student turned in the assignment, but was so far off in terms of completion or the learning goal that the assignment is marked incomplete.
  • This grade is recoverable for full credit.

1- Basic

  • The student has demonstrated a level of mastery below the stated learning goal.
  • This grade is recoverable for full credit.

2 – Developing

  • The student has demonstrated a level of partial mastery of the stated learning goal.
  • This grade is recoverable for full credit.

3 – Mastery

  • The student has demonstrated mastery of the learning goal.
  • This grade is recoverable for full credit.

4 – Mastery with Distinction

  • The student exceeds the expectations of the learning goal.
  • This student could be a resource for other students trying to reach the learning goal.

Honor Roll

Principal’s List – Superior academic achievement in all programs.  Eligibility:  A students must achieve an overall average of a 3.8 or higher. (Unified Arts Classes arere averaged as .5 a class if they meet every other day).

High Honors – Outstanding academic achievement in all programs. Eligibility:  Student must achieve an overall average of a 3.6 – 3.79.  (Unified Arts Classes arere averaged as .5 a class if they meet every other day).

Honor Roll – Commendable academic achievement in all programs.  Eligibility:  Student must achieve an overall average of a 3.4 – 3.59. (Unified Arts Classes arere averaged as .5 a class if they meet every other day).

 

 

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