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.
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:
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.