Assessment & Grading

Honors / High Honors Status - 

Honor Roll (7-12) - Students may attain honors by maintaining an 80 or better in all graded classes and a P in all pass/fail classes.  Students may attain high honors by maintaining a 90 or better in all graded classes and a P in all pass/fail classes.  Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 5 in-school courses to qualify for honors or high honors. The minimum required number of courses may be waived for students enrolled in multiple AP courses. Students who have an Incomplete (INC) in any class at the close of the reporting period, will be ineligible for either honors or high honors for that reporting period.

Grading Practices - 

As you may recall, PCSS changed the grading policy in the fall of 2013.

We have returned to the familiar 0-100 scoring system for assignments, projects, quizzes, tests, etc. However, in order for an assignment, project, quiz, or test to be accepted and recorded in the grade book, a legitimate score of 50 or better must be achieved. Any score lower than a 50 will automatically mean the assignment, project, quiz, test, etc. needs to be done again. If repeating the exact assignment, project, quiz, or test is not possible, then a replacement assignment, project, quiz, or test, that addresses the same academic standards and skills, will be given. When an assignment, project, quiz, or test score is missing, this means your child's grade in that class is "Incomplete". 

Students and staff will work cooperatively to resolve any incomplete (INC) grades as quickly as possible. Teachers will provide opportunities for the work to be submitted in a reasonable amount of time. Should the work not be submitted during that time, then more intensive measures will be taken. Students may be assigned to after-school tutoring sessions or In-School-Suspension until all work is submitted. Additionally, incomplete work will adversely impact eligibility of student participation in non-academic, school activities such as: athletics, clubs, privileges, etc.

In the past, a failing grade has been possible through a combination of poor performance or no performance. This is no longer allowable. The new grading policy means that all grades must be earned ... even a grade of failure, "F". In an effort to move toward a more proficiency-based system, a requirement by the Maine Department of Education, we must be certain that our grades document student performance. Only then can we evaluate each child's level of proficiency with respect to Maine's required academic and performance standards.

Assessment Information - 
SAD4 uses a variety of both formative and summative assessments to determine the growth and progress of students  in grades PK-12. The calendar below shares the timeline of many of the anticipated assessments. If you have questions about any specific assessment, please contact Dr. Bartley.

Assessment Calendar