District Grading Standards
Summative/Formative Grade Weights
All Other Areas Not Listed
1 day late = 20 points off maximum score
2 days late = 40 points off maximum score
3 days late = 60 points off maximum score
4 days late = 80 points off maximum score
5 days late = 0 points; no score possible
1) 20 point deduction per day late
2) If student makes up assignment at end of grading period, maximum possible points are 50.Homework
- 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
- 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
Level Change Process
Students wishing to change from a PreAP/AP course to a level class may do so following this procedure:
1. Student must request a level change form from their current teacher.
2. The teacher will give the student a form following a discussion with both student and parent.
3. The student will complete the form and obtain the required signatures (parent and teacher).
4. The student will submit the form to his/her house office by the due date.
Three-week level change window (2019-2020):
Form received by: August 30
Effective date: September 3
FINAL DEADLINE to submit 3-week changes: September 6
Effective date: September 9
Six-week level change window (2019-2020):
Form received by: September 20
Effective date: September 23
FINAL DEADLINE to submit 6-week changes: September 27
Effective date: September 30
Please note: When a student changes from a PreAP/AP course to a level class during the semester, the grade of the original class will transfer to the new class. The student will not receive "Honors/AP" grade points as a result of the transfer. Grade points are not assigned until the final semester grade is tabulated.
Pass/Fail Credit Courses – High School
A student may take a total of four 1-year courses (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.
Students may pick up forms in their counselor’s office. Deadlines are posted on the calendar and will be on the announcements.
Cheating on an assignment or test will result in a zero being recorded for that assignment or test. In addition, cheating is considered a level 2 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.
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.
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.
How to Check Your Grades Correctly
A = Absent on the day of the assignmentThis does not affect your average unless you fail to make up your assignment on time at which point, the grade is turned into a Z.Z = Late but still accepted for late creditThis counts like a 0.00 until the assignment is turned in.
When looking at your grades, always check the column labeled "SCORE".
The number one mistake when looking at grades through Home Access Center, is that people look at the column marked "PERCENTAGE".
Even if an assignment is not graded, your percentage will read 0.00%.
The "SCORE" column will let you know whether or not you actually have a zero.
Listed below is a key to help you understand values other than numbers that may appear in the "SCORE" column:
X = Exempt from the assignmentThis is either a drop grade or something that cannot be made up. This does not and will not affect your average.^ = Collected and checked but not yet gradedThis means I have checked to make sure you have turned in you work, but I have not yet entered a grade. This does not affect your average.BLANK = Not yet collected, not yet checked, and/or not yet graded