Grading Policies

In an effort to provide greater consistency school-wide, a committee of Key MS faculty members worked last school year to develop grading policies that will be implemented in each content area this year. School-wide policies have been developed in three areas: Grade Breakdown (e.g., how a quarter grade is calculated), Late Work, and Mastery Learning.

Grading & Assessment

  • A student’s grade communicates academic performance: what the student knows and is able to do as measured against the learning standards of the course. All teachers at Key Middle School will use a weighted system (rather than a total points system) this year to calculate quarter grades. All grades are calculated based on two types of student work:
    • Product Grades: These are Major Assessments like tests, projects, quizzes, etc. that are done after the learning takes place. Product Grades will make up 60-70% of the quarter grade. Each content team determines what grades qualify to be in this category
    • Process Grades: These are Minor Assignments like homework, classwork, etc. that are done while learning is taking place. Process Grades will make up 30-40% of the quarter grade. Each content team determines what grades qualify to be in this category.

NOTE: Parents and students will likely see more Process Grades on the grade report than Product Grades. This is not unusual. Since Product Grades are larger assignments that require more time to complete and/or assess multiple learning standards, there will often be fewer of them on the grade reports.

Parents are able to view their students’ grades at any time during the year through the Student Information System (SIS) with their own unique login and password. We encourage parents and students to look over and discuss grade reports together and work collaboratively with the teacher to address any questions they have. Parents’ logins for SIS will also allow them to access the teachers’ sites in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard).

Late Work Policy

  • Students must complete all assignments in order for teachers to accurately assess what they know and are able to do and in order to receive descriptive feedback. All teachers will accept late work with the following parameters:
    • There will be a 25% penalty for any work turned in late, regardless of how late it is.
    • Within a marking period (quarter), late work must be turned in by the end of the unit of study (which is often a major assessment).
    • Students and parents will see the following codes in the grade reports to denote late or missing work:
      • L = Late assignment; 25% of student’s final grade on the assignment will be deducted.
      • NHI = Not Handed In; assignment counts as a zero until it is turned in.

Students are fully responsible for completing any missed assignments when they have excused absences. They are allowed one day to make up work for each day they had an excused absence.

Mastery Learning Policy

Learning for mastery is embraced at Key MS. Therefore, students will be given multiple opportunities to display mastery of skills and content. Some examples of mastery learning include revision of assessments, test retakes, and test corrections. Students will need to complete revisions or retakes by the end of the quarter or within a timely fashion at the discretion of the teacher. Mastery Learning policies are consistent with each team.

  • Each content team will outline their Mastery Learning Policy in the course syllabus with the following details:
    • How mastery learning is allowed within the course (e.g., test corrections, test retakes, essay revisions, etc.).
    • What type(s) of assessments the policy applies to.
    • How many attempts will be permitted (it is recommended for most courses that only one attempt is allowed to retake a test, for example, but there are a handful of courses that may need/want to allow more).
    • What students will be required to do prior to doing test corrections, retaking test, etc. (e.g., remediation, complete all related assignments, etc.).