BMS Grading Practices Quick Guide

What will be graded?

-Assignments that focus on essential learning will be graded.

How will assignments be graded?

-Students will be provided multiple opportunities to show mastery of the essential learning (i.e., quizzes, bell ringers, tests, projects, and papers). 

-Students will show mastery through summative assessments at the end of each unit.  

-Teachers will continue to follow the current reassessment practices for choice and recovery re-tests.

CORE CLASSES: Formative assessments will count as 30% of the final grade, and summative assessments will count as 70% of the final grade each quarter.

CONNECTIONS CLASSES:  As an IB MYP candidate school, we use proficiency-based scoring in our Design, Arts, PE/Health, and World Language classes.  The student’s proficiency rating is not a percentage grade or an average of grades. The rating represents the level of proficiency the student currently demonstrates on the course objectives.

No zeros will be issued on formative assessments.  Rather students will receive a 45 as the minimum grade on formative assessments and receive feedback on their formative work.

How will virtual day assignments impact attendance?

-While enrolled in the face-to-face AA BB hybrid model, students are expected to report to school on their assigned days. On virtual days, they are expected to participate in all virtual learning activities and submit their assignments by the due date established by their teacher.

-Students will be marked present in each class period for all virtual days. If no assigned work for a class is submitted by the due date established by the teacher, the student’s attendance will be changed to absent in that class (for the corresponding days).

What will students and parents see in PowerSchool? 

-Parents and students will typically see a numerical grade for each assignment. 

-For some assignments, they may see the following symbols:

Collected: This means the student has submitted the assignment.  This serves as a record-keeping feature.

Exempt: This means the student is not required to submit this assignment.  

Incomplete: This means the student is missing part of the assignment. (Teacher will follow up with the student with support on completing the assignment.)

Missing assignment: This means the student has not submitted this assignment at all.

When will students and parents see grades in PowerSchool?

-For most assignments, teachers will post grades within two school days of collecting an assignment.   There will be exceptions for lengthy assignments and projects.  If you have a question about a particular assignment, students and parents should email the teacher.