# Math 8 & Algebra

**What is my grade? **Grades are a representation of the learning that has been demonstrated by the student.

**A**(100% - 90%),**B**(89% - 80%),**C**(79% - 70 %),**D**(69% - 60%),**F**(Below 60%)

- Grades are averaged from 3 categories:

· 60% Assessments (tests and quizzes) individual demonstration of learned concepts

· 30% Assignments (classwork and homework) show practice of new concepts and progression towards final learning

· 10% Review Skills (Math’s Mates- one per week, graded for completion)

**How can students help themselves?**

—this means writing in it AND bringing it home. (website will also have the assignments listed for absent students)__Use the planner__

—notes, examples, and worksheets are in the binder and can help with the current homework.__Bring home the math BINDER daily__

Students have the opportunity to improve their grade through corrections. The purpose is to allow students to learn from their mistakes and demonstrate their knowledge to a more proficient level.__Corrections:__- Corrections need to show the problem solved correctly with all work
- Students earn half-credit back (ex.: 70% COULD become 85%)
- Homework corrections will be accepted all year.
- Test corrections for the first semester can be made if a student scores less than 80%, second semester test corrections can be made if a student scores less than 60% (algebra can not make test corrections second semester).

**What do the grades mean about the learning that has occurred? **

**Assessments/Assignments**

**50%-** student turned in the assignment, but is UNABLE to show ANY knowledge of the skills

**60%-** student is unable to show skills unless teacher has STEP-BY-STEP worked through the problem with the student.

**70%**- student is able to show BASIC level of skills, work contains errors and student is unable to demonstate skill consistently.

**80%-** student is able to successfully/consistently demonstrate skills at a basic level and can complete simple applications.

**90%-** student is able to successfully/consistently demonstrate skills at an ADVANCED level, can complete simple applications, AND can make progress towards ADVANCED applications.

**100%-** student demonstrates ALL skills and applications at the ADVANCED level of understanding.

**Classwork & Review Skills (Math's Mates)**

**Missing- **student has not turned in the assignment

**50%-** student turned in the assignment with answers only, NO work was shown

**60%-** student turned in the assignment with work shown on a FEW problems.

**70%**- student turned in the assignment with work shown on SOME problems.

**80%-** student turned in the assignment with work shown on MOST problems.

**90%-** student turned in the assignment with work shown on ALL problems

**100%-** student turned in the assignment with work shown on ALL problems & challenge problems

**Homework Assignments: **Homework is given each day (Mon.-Thurs), due the next day.

- Students will be graded on their ability to demonstrate what they have learned and must have work to receive full credit on an assignment.

- Having only the answers will result in
and students will need to complete the assignment before a grade can be earned.**NO CREDIT**

- If a student has forgotten/lost their homework it may be completed during recess or after school and turned in on the day it was due with no penalty.

- Homework not turned in will receive a “missing” score (which averages as a zero) until received.

- Homework will NOT be accepted after a unit of learning has been assessed (a unit test taken).

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**Review Skills: **Weekly Math’s Mates Sheet (Wednesday-to-Wednesday)

- Concepts build on one another all year long.
- Keeps all basic skills fresh in students’ mind.
- Student self-reflection and goal setting
- Graded for completion, must show work on problems marked with an asterisk (*)
- Skills assessment at the end of each quarter.