Grading Policies 2016-2017



    Main Concepts

    • All homework must be relevant and timely
    • Expectations must be clear for both students and parents
      • Communication with parents and students explaining expectations for homework and grading policy regarding late work. 
    • Differentiation may be appropriate by department, team and even individual student

    Possible Practices

    • Homework Type should be identified and communicated for all assignments.  This will go a long way in establishing relevance.
      • Memorization: vocabulary, order/steps in a process, notations, etc
      • Skill Practice: math homework, sentence diagramming, reading summarization, etc
      • Expansion: original essay, multi-step/higher level math problems, etc
      • Preparation: reading, research, project preparation, Cornell Notes on reading assignment, etc
    • Utilize various methods of assessment for homework other than “collect and grade”
      • Class discussion, quiz, written summary, etc
    • Provide timely feedback
    • Grading Scale
      • Formative Homework (excludes in-class work):
        1 day late = minus 20
        2 days late = minus 40
        3 days late = minus 60

    4 days late = minus 80

    5 days late = no credit

      • Summative Homework (projects, papers, etc)
        minus 20 points per day


    Drop Policy

    Students who are enrolled in a Pre-AP or AP course will only be allowed to drop to the level course at the end of the 3rd week of school, the end of the 6th week of school and when the semester ends.  For 2016-2017, the dates are September 9th and September 30th.


    Pass/Fail Credit Courses High School

    A student may take a total of 8 semesters for pass/fail. This option is available for any course above and beyond graduation requirements. Any course taken on a Pass/Fail basis will not be included in a student’s grade point average (GPA) determination.  The date for a student to decide to take a course Pass/Fail for 2016-2017 is November 4th for the fall semester and March 30th for the spring semester.



    Cheating on an assignment or test will result in a zero being recorded for that assignment or test.  In addition, cheating is considered a conduct violation and is subject to additional disciplinary measures as discussed in the Student Code of Conduct.



    Students in Level and PreAP* courses will be allowed to reassess ONE summative assignment per 9 week grading period, per subject, in which they have earned less than a 70% on the assignment. The student must SCHEDULE the reassessment within one calendar week from the date in which the original graded assessment is returned.  The maximum reassessment score that a student may earn is a 70%.


    It is up to the teacher and the student to determine the best manner and the most appropriate time to reassess. The reassessment does not have to take place within the calendar week but must be SCHEDULED within the week. Teachers will keep track of their own reassessments.


    *Reassessment is not available in Advanced Placement courses or in ANY course in which Dual Credit is being offered.


    Make-Up Work

    Students are expected to make up work missed while they were absent. They will be given full credit for work done that satisfies the conditions of the district policy for make-up work. Immediately upon returning to school, the student must contact teachers concerning arrangements for making up work. A zero will be given for work that has been required by the teacher and has not met the guidelines for make-up work. After a student has been absent for three days, the parent/guardian may request make-up work through the appropriate office designated by the campus.


    When an absence occurs, it is the student’s responsibility to inquire about, complete, and return all required assignments.


    Students should expect to do more paperwork than those who were in attendance because it is necessary to make up for classroom experiences missed. The following is offered as a timeline for make-up work.

    1 day absence - day following return to school

    2 day absence - 2 days after return to school

    3 day absence - 3 days after return to school

    4 day absence - 4 days after return to school

    5 day absence - 5 days after return to school


    Students absent more than five (5) days must make arrangements with their teachers for making up the work missed within one week (5 school days) after their return to school. Late work guidelines also apply to make-up work.

    When in-school-suspension or discipline-program assignments have been given a predetermined date, no extra days are given for make-up work. If students are absent on a predetermined due date, the material is due the day the student returns to school.

    Kingwood High School teachers are encouraged to work with students and use professional judgment when students have extenuating circumstances that inhibit assignment completion.


    Category Weights

    Level Courses:  60% Summative, 40% Formative

    Honors Courses: 70% Summative, 30% Formative