Madison's Guide to Grading and Reporting

GRADING PHILOSOPHY

  • Fairfax County Public Schools and James Madison High School’s grading philosophy is based on best practice and research. After examining current grading practices of educational researchers, including the works of Guskey, O’Connor, Reeves, and Wormeli, our school implemented a more equitable grading policy.

GRADING PRINCIPLES

  • At Madison High School, teachers and administrators are dedicated to assessing student knowledge using clear and objective measures and communicating those measurements to students and parents. To this end, grades must:
    • Convey achievement of identified standards as outlined in the FCPS Program of Studies.
    • Be determined by achievement and not behavior.
    • Be based on high-quality evidence.
    • Be calculated properly.
    • Support student learning.
    • Provide timely and clear communication to parents and students. Access to teacher grade books is available online with an SIS Parent Account.

LATE WORK POLICY

  • Late work will be accepted to document learning or mastery. Teacher teams must set reasonable guidelines for turning in late work. If the student’s work is late, then:

DAY-TO-DAY

  • The student can turn the work with a maximum deduction of a half-letter grade (ex: B+ If the student does not turn in the assignment by the next class period, then the following sequential actions will apply:
  1. First, the student will see the teacher during Warhawk Time or before or after school.
  2. If not, then the teacher will contact the parents.
  3. Finally, the student will receive a 53 out of 100 or 0 on a 0-4 grading scale.

LONG -TERM

  • If a student knows they will be submitting a long-term assignment late, due to a special situation, they must communicate the special situation in advance to their teacher(s) in order to create an action plan and provide proof of progress.
  • If the student neglects to inform their teacher(s) in advance and submits long-term work late, they will receive a half-letter grade deduction off the score earned on the assignment (ex: C to C-). If the student does not submit the assignment after the next class period, then the following sequential actions will apply:
  1. The student will meet his/her teacher during either Warhawk Time, before or after school.
  2. The teacher will contact the parents if the above does not happen.
  3. The student will receive a 53 out of 100 or 0 out of 0-4.

RE-TAKE POLICY

  • For major assessments, at least one new opportunity to demonstrate mastery shall be provided to any student who scores below a 90% and completes corrective action determined by the subject team. Retakes are available for summative assessments if specific criteria are met. Students who do not achieve 90% on the 100 point scale or an A- on the 4.0 scale may retake the assessment and earn up to the 90%/A-. Students are expected to complete the assigned unit coursework before the original assessment to be able to participate in a retake opportunity. Completion of prerequisites is necessary prior to re-taking the test and includes signing a contract on which the teacher will specify the prerequisites for the retake and determine a make-up date (the contract must be submitted in paper, face-to-face). Students have two school days to initiate the retake process by signing the contract and scheduling the retake. Those assessments which students are NOT allowed to retake include; PBL assessments, Finals, PALS, Driver’s Ed State Assessments, Concerts, and Science Fair.

WORK COMPLETION POLICY

  • We expect all students will complete all of their work one hundred percent of the time. Teachers expect students to complete and turn in assignments even if they are late. Madison High School uses a system of interventions to assist students if completing school work becomes a problem.

HOMEWORK POLICY

  • Homework is an important part of the learning process and takes different forms and purpose per content area. Homework done accurately and on time, can increase the understanding of concepts, strengthen skills, and improve achievement. James Madison High School has a consistent, school-wide policy that homework shall be no more than 10% of a student’s grade.

EXTRA CREDIT

  • Extra credit distorts a student’s record of achievement on the specified academic standards. FCPS policy states, “Students will not be given extra credit or grades for activities such as bringing in classroom materials, providing parent signatures, participating in fundraising or charitable events or participating in non-curricular activities.” Madison High School supports this belief and strives for our teachers to clearly communicate to “students and parents that better grades come from evidence of higher levels of performance, not just from more points,” or extra credit. As a result, Madison High School does not award extra points/extra credit for any assignments or assessments.

HOMEWORK POLICY

  • Homework is an important part of the learning process and takes different forms and purpose per content area. Homework done accurately and on time, can increase the understanding of concepts, strengthen skills, and improve achievement. James Madison High School has a consistent, school-wide policy that homework shall be no more than 10% of a student’s grade.

EXTRA CREDIT

  • Extra credit distorts a student’s record of achievement on the specified academic standards. FCPS policy states, “Students will not be given extra credit or grades for activities such as bringing in classroom materials, providing parent signatures, participating in fundraising or charitable events or participating in non-curricular activities.” Madison High School supports this belief and strives for our teachers to clearly communicate to “students and parents that better grades come from evidence of higher levels of performance, not just from more points,” or extra credit. As a result Madison High School does not award extra points/extra credit for any assignments or assessments.

FINAL EXAMS

  • If a student receives an A or A- for each quarter for the course, the student may elect to be exempt from the final exam. However, students will be required to participate in other culminating activities assigned by the teacher.
  • If a student receives an A or A- for each quarter for the course, the student may elect to be exempt from the final exam. However, students will be required to participate in other culminating activities assigned by the teacher.

EQUITABLE GRADING

  • Zeroes on the 100-point scale mathematically misrepresent actual achievement and can negatively impact a student’s motivation to learn. Since the 0 on the 100-point scale dramatically distorts a student’s overall grade, it is not used. Grades are recorded on a scale of 53% – 100%. No score below 53% will be recorded.

Madison High School Grading Scale

  • A 93-100 4.0
  • A- 90-92 3.7
  • B+ 87-89 3.3
  • B 83-86 3.0
  • B- 80-82 2.7
  • C+ 77 -79 2.3
  • C 73-76 2.0
  • C- 70-72 1.7
  • D+ 67 -69 1.3
  • D 64-66 1.0
  • F 53-63 0.0

Grading Descriptors

  • A Exceeds all standards / Goes beyond what was taught applies higher level thinking skills regularly to all standards.
  • A- Exceeds most standards / partial success at inferences and applications that go beyond what was taught
  • B+ Advanced / thoroughly demonstrates understanding of standards
  • B Advanced proficient/ competent understanding of standards
  • B- Frequently demonstrates knowledge and understanding of standards
  • C+ Proficient / meets essential standards
  • C Basic proficient/ basic knowledge of standards
  • C- Limited Proficiency / partial knowledge of standards
  • D+ Does not demonstrate proficiency on most standards/major errors and omissions evident
  • D Rarely meets standards / major interventions needed to meet standards
  • F Not enough information to evaluate or insufficient understanding of basic concepts / significant remediation required