Day Rider's Grading Policy
What follows is a general grading policy, as well as what a student should do for make up work. A student's grade is calculated by dividing the points earned for an assignments by the total amount of points possible for that assignment. Assignments will include homework, laboratory work, projects, and quizzes/tests. For grading policies for a specific class, please contact me.
Homework will be assigned frequently and will consist of problems from the book, worksheets, or writing assignments. Homework is due by the end of the next school day, unless otherwise stated. Homework can be turned in late up to 2 school days after it has been assigned, with 20% of the points possible lost for each day late. If an assignment is not turned in by the end of the second school day, it will be counted as a 0. The student is responsible for making sure his/her work is in on time.
With a few exceptions, students can expect at least one lab assignment a week. There are a couple of ways lab work will be graded.
- Most labs will contain lab worksheets that the student will need to fill out as you complete the lab. These will also contain questions regarding the data he/she collected during the lab.
- The other way will be through typed lab reports. A guideline for these will be covered in greater detail later.
As we progress through the class, the occasional project will be assigned. These will consist of posters, Power Point presentations, extended lab experiments, and engineering projects. Students will be given any extra time in class to work on these projects, but some may require additional work at home.
For Junior High classes (Physical & Life Science):
Students will be given a test at the conclusion of each chapter covered. Tests will consist of a combination of multiple-choice, true/false, fill in the blank, matching, diagram, and short answer questions. Each test will be worth 100 points. All chapter tests are open-note tests.
For High School classes:
Students will be given a unit test at the end of every unit (worth 100 pts) as well as chapter quizzes at the end of every chapter within a unit (worth 50 pts). Format for both will consist of multiple-choice, true/false, fill in the blank, matching, diagram, and short answer questions. Chapter quizzes are not open note, but unit tests will be. There will also be a semester test worth 200 points.
- Incremental grading:
Tests and quizzes will be graded on an incremental basis. This means that if a student does better on one test than the previous one, he/she will receive half the points back on the previous test.
- Dropped Tests:
The students lowest test will be dropped every quarter, but only if it helps his/her grade.
Is There a Way to Get Extra Credit?
There will be additional worksheets or problems giving for extra credit which the student can use on any assignment they want. Extra credit points will accumulate throughout the school year but will be lost by the end of the school year. Extra credit points CANNOT be used IN PLACE of a test or quiz.
What to do About Make-up Work:
In the event that the student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to get any work that was missed on the day(s) he/she were absent. Make up work will be due the following school day after it is received. If the student misses a test, he/she needs to make up the test within a week of when he/she returns to school. If the student knows he/she will miss an extended period of time, it is better that he/she asks for any assignments that will be missed before he/she leaves. THE STUDENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING HIS/HER MAKE UP ASSIGNMENTS AND SCHEDULING ANY TESTS OR QUIZZES THAT ARE MISSED.