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?
- Use the planner—this means writing in it AND bringing it home. (website will also have the assignments listed for absent students)
- Bring home the math BINDER daily—notes, examples, and worksheets are in the binder and can help with the current homework.
- Corrections: 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 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?
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 NO CREDIT and students will need to complete the assignment before a grade can be earned.
- 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).
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.