York Secondary Grading Policy
- Grades should only represent learning, growth, and mastery.
- All students want to be successful. If they are not demonstrating success, they need more support. Thus, grading should be supportive, not punitive
Task-specific rubrics will be used to evaluate all assessments
- Based on IB rubrics from subject area guide
- Add additional descriptive details particular to the assessment task
Posted grades are only based on trended summative assessments
- Grades are based on learning and growth.
- Pre and formative assessments are not graded but may still be tracked in the grade book in a non-graded category.
- Behavior, attendance, and participation are never a factor in grading.
- Assess every criterion at least twice per semester.
- Summative assessment (Graded): measures knowledge and skills after you should have mastered the material.
- Formative assessment (Not Graded): measures knowledge and skills while you are still learning the material.
Provide for assessment retake opportunities
- Encourage learning, growth, and mastery of content
- Two-week window - from day assessment is returned to the student
- Collaborative, student-led process
- Reassessment is rigorous, targeted, aligned to strengths
- Formal request process:
- Use the York retake request and rewrite request forms
Evaluation of late or missed assessments
When the deadline is missed, the teacher works with the student to establish a plan to support the student in completing the assessment:
- Teacher seeks to understand why the assessment deadline was missed
- A teacher may assign mandatory lunch bunch, YES Lab, office hours, or other reasonable interventions
- The teacher calls home within 1 week
- Students have a 2-week window to complete the missed assessment.
- An acceptable place to work on assessment retakes is in office hours, YES! Lab, or as collaboratively decided by the teacher.
- Teachers have the authority to extend this window on a case by case basis.
- Assessment is scored with an M in IC. Ms are not trended.
- The student’s posted grade is manually changed to “I - Incomplete” to represent the fact that the teacher does not enough information to
- adequately evaluate the student’s performance.
- Assessment turned in late will be assessed in the same manner as on-time work. Students will not be punished academically for late work.
- Athletes can appeal to a teacher for an exception to this policy if they have developed a plan with their teacher to complete the assessment, allowing them to remain athletically eligible.
- If the assessment is not turned in, the teacher has the discretion to do the following:
- Remains an M and trended as a 0.
- Remains an M and not trended (for use in exceptional circumstances or as an accommodation).
Zeros are rarely ever assigned for assessments that are turned in. The minimum score is a 1 when a student makes a reasonable attempt.