Grading Policy

The grading system for this class is different from grading systems you may be used to.  This grading system is designed to help students learn and not fail because they missed a few assignments or started the quarter off slow.  This grading system is called Mastery Based Learning, or MBL. Under MBL, you will not be graded under categories, such as “homework,” “tests,” and “participation."  The point of MBL is not to just do assignments and tests for points, but to demonstrate what you are learning.  On every progress report card you will receive three (3) grades from me: 1) an academic grade, 2) a work habits grade, and 3) a cooperation grade.


Your Academic Grade

You will be expected to master six learning targets (LT) this year. Each LT is aligned with California Common Core State Standards (you can read more about Common Core Standards at http://corestandards.org).The learning targets are divided into three broad areas: content knowledge, argumentative writing, and communication skills.

Learning Target 1

I can analyze historical events, ideas, and themes.

Learning Target 2

I can write/discuss arguments to support claims with clear reasons using different types of information.

Learning Target 3

I can support my written claims with evidence, using appropriate sources to show that I understand the topic.

Learning Target 4

I can support my written claims with logical reasoning.

Learning Target 5

I can write organized and informative pieces, with relevant content, to explore a topic and express ideas, concepts and information.

Learning Target 6

I can present claims and findings using appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.


Every assessment (quizzes, tests, essays, and projects) counts towards mastery of one or more learning targets.  For example:  a vocabulary test may only count for LT 1 (content knowledge), while an essay may count for LT 2 and LT 3, 4, 5 (argumentative writing).  

 

Every assignment and assessment is a piece of evidence that demonstrates your progress towards mastering the five learning targets.  Your academic grade will be based on your overall mastery of all six learning targets.  Assignments and assessments are graded on a rubric that looks similar to this:

 

0

No evidence

I have no evidence demonstrating what is expected of me for this learning target.

1

Novice

I have provided little evidence demonstrating what is expected of me for this learning target.

2

Approaching

I have demonstrated partial mastery of what is expected of me for this learning target.

3

Proficient

I have mastered what is expected of me for this learning target.

4

Mastery

I have mastered what is expected of me for this learning target with depth and complexity.

 

Progress report card grades are based on how well you have mastered all the learning targets completed by that progress report card. Letter grades are assigned based on the following criteria:


A = student has earned 4 on most learning targets, with
no score less than 3

B = student has earned 3 or 4 on most learning targets, with no score less than 2

C = student has earned 2 or higher on most learning targets, with no score less than 1

D = student has earned 2 or higher on most learning targets, with some 0 scores

F = student has earned 0 on most learning targets


Work Habits/Cooperation Grade (E, S, or U)
Your work habits and cooperation grade are determined by the quality of work you turn in and how you interact with others in class; this includes coming to class regularly and on time. Excessive tardies will result in reduced cooperation grade and possible disciplinary actions. Some assignments cannot be made up if you are tardy to class.  Additionally, it is each student’s responsibility to get any missed notes, assignments, quizzes or tests when they return from an absence. Assignments (homework and classwork) are recorded as complete (4 points) or not complete (0 points).  Incomplete assignments receive 0 points.  Late work will be accepted without penalty if turned in within a reasonable amount of time.


 

Excellent (E)

Satisfactory (S)

Unsatisfactory (U)

Work habits

When given a task, I start right away and work continuously.


I bring all my classroom materials with me everyday.


I complete all assignments.


I am in my seat and ready to work on time everyday.

When given a task, I start quickly and work with very few breaks.  I need an occasional reminder to start on my work/stay on task.


I bring my classroom materials with me most of the time.


I complete almost all assignments.


I am in my seat and ready to work on time most of the time.

I need reminders to get started on my work and/or to stay on task.


I need to bring my classroom materials with me.


I need to complete more assignments.


I need to improve my attendance and/or show up to class on time.

Cooperation

I followed all school/classroom policies and expectations.

I followed all school/classroom policies and expectations most of the time.


I need behavior interventions occasionally.

I need to follow school/classroom policies and expectations.


I frequently need behavior interventions.