Grading Policy

Grading Categories

Course grades are broken into two major categories:

  • Formative Assessments: 60%
  • Summative Assessments: 40%

Formative Assessments

Formative assessments account for 60% of a student’s grade. Formative Assessments refer to classwork assignments or activities such as:

  • Do Nows
  • Group assignments
  • Notebook checks
  • Short quizzes
  • Exit tickets
  • Independent work
  • Homework (the required minimum is 2 times per week)
  • Discussion protocols

Summative Assessments

Summative assessments account for 40% of a student’s grade. Summative Assessments (at least 2 per marking period) are:

  • Exams
  • Projects
  • Essays
  • Performance Tasks
  • Constructed response
  • Extended writing assignments

Passing Courses and Course Credit

The passing average for a course is 65%. The fourth marking period is the final grade that will appear on the student's transcript, and it isthe average of marking periods 1, 2, and 3. Course credits are awarded two times in a school year.

  • Credit for Fall Semester courses is awarded at the end of January (MP 4 Grade for Term 1)
  • Credit for Spring Semester courses is awarded at the end of June (MP 4 Grade for Term 2)

Honors

To be eligible for academic honors a scholar must have an overall academic average of 85% and an academic average of 70% or higher in each of their courses. Honors are awarded as follows:

  • Principal’s Honors: Cumulative Weighted Course Average is 90% or higher.
  • Academic Honors: Cumulative Weighted Course Average is between 85% and 89.99%.

Academic Probation

A scholar is on academic probation if he:

  • has a cumulative average lower than 70% on any mid-marking period or progress report
  • has a cumulative average lower than 70% on any marking period report card
  • has failed two or more subjects on the mid-marking period progress report or on any report card.

Probation will include having mandatory peer tutoring, after-school academic intervention, and/or study groups added to the scholar’s academic schedule. Failure to attend peer tutoring and/or any mandated academic intervention will result in suspension from extracurricular activities.

Make-up Tests and Assignments

A scholar who is absent when a test or assignments are given is responsible for making up the missed assignments. If the test or work is not made up, the scholar will not receive a grade for the assignment. The following are guidelines for make-up tests and work:

  • The scholar must see the educator(s) on the day he returns to school to make arrangements for make-up test(s) and work.
  • The scholar needing to make up a test or any assignment must submit to the teachers’ guidelines regarding make-up work for their subject.
  • Where possible, make-up tests should be taken before school, after school, or during a scholar’s free period rather than during class time.
  • A scholar who has been truant may not take a makeup test or complete assignments and will NOT receive credit for any missed work.
  • Note that you must adhere to IEP students’ Testing Accommodations that may include extended time for exams and/or assignments.

Grades of NX and NL

Special circumstances dictate temporary grades to provide students ample time to make up their missing work. In rare circumstances, the following grades can be used as follows. These are in alignment with Academic Policy as explained in FAQ #21 of the Academic Policy Grading Policy FAQs.

  • NX: this grade is the equivalent of an incomplete and can only be used in documented circumstances that necessitate giving students additional time to complete work, such as a medical condition, etc.
  • NL: this grade is for newly admitted students to a course. This grade is the equivalent of an incomplete, and allows a student to make up any missed assignments.

Grades of NX and NL must be entered by a member of school administration, guidance, or programming staff upon written request by a teacher. NX and NL forms are available in the main office. Teachers must submit a copy of their gradebook as well as all outstanding assignments at the time of the request. Remember, it is the right of the student to complete all outstanding work to earn a proper grade that he would have otherwise earned had he been present the entire course. Grades of NX or NL must be made up by the end of the following semester (not including summer).

Once coursework is complete, the teacher, or principal in the case of a teacher’s absence per contractual allowance, will submit a change of grade request and a transcript update request. A copy of the final gradebook will be required showing all completed work to justify the awarding of a final grade.

Middle School Annualization

All middle school year-long courses programmed as semester based courses due to the limitations of Stars, but are in actuality annualized courses. The final course grades submitted in spring represent grades for the entire school year. All six marking periods should be used to generate a final grade by the promotional deadline set by the Department of Education. Existing fall end-of-semester grades (MP4 of the fall term) will be updated to match the final year-long grade issued (MP4 of the spring term).

The Eagle Academy for Young Men operates on a semester basis, with three marking periods per semester. Only the semester grade (listed as marking period 4) will appear on a transcript.

Accessing Grades

Grades can be accessed by parents/guardians and scholars via PupilPath by visiting http://www.pupilpath.com

If you are not registered for PupilPath, you must obtain a registration code. Registration codes can be retrieved from any of your son's teacher by asking them to look at the Bio tab of the Portfolio page for your son's profile.