Grade AccessFor Students:Because I acknowledge the impact your grades have on the choices and options available to you in terms of other courses, colleges and employment, I post your scores so there is transparency in the process. Please come see me or email me if you have questions.
- Be sure to read the comments on all papers that have been returned to you. I use the 4-point scale with the assigned narrative of what each score indicates [See link to left,"Grade Translations"]
- Examine the scales shown under "Grading Translations" for equivalencies among scales and traditional percentages.
- Averaging is an imprecise method of determining grades, thus your grade for progress reports and semester grades will be determined by the preponderance of scores you have achieved across the semester in consideration with practices consistent with a successful learner.
- Your progress report scores will reflect both your progress toward meeting content and skills goals based on your performance in class discussions, quizzes, and assignments in addition to the level at which you are conscientious about your coursework.
- Your conscientiousness is demonstrated through your attendance, engagement in class activities, and timely submission of work. If you are absent you consult me or take the initiative to use the class website.
- Ultimately, at the end of the semester I will look at the range of scores (1, 2, 3, and 4s) over the course of the semester as well as your proficiency in the content and skills goals identified throughout the semester and issue a more accurate grade that shows your understanding and acquisition of skills in history and social science.
***PLEASE NOTE: The cumulative percentages in e-school are inaccurate (the system is limited to a 100 point scale). Look at the scores on individual assignments. You should be looking at scores below a 4 and consider what you can do to bring the score up. I am happy to meet with you outside of class time to discuss this. Also, see the FAQ on revisions.For Parents:Before you enter...a few things you should know. I have posted my gradebook despite my philosophical opposition to the concept. There are three reasons I disagree with posting grades: 1) it has the potential to take the student out of the conversation if you, the parent, contact me before talking to your child to get context to shape a whole picture around the insufficiently vague value of a numeric grade; 2) the idea of the class and your student's effort can become focused on the grade rather than the learning; to reduce the likelihood of this I hope that the focus will be on the scores on particular assignments and assessments and 3) students may feel alleviated of responsibility for keeping track of their own performance in the class. Finally, please refer to the narrative provided to students above that describes the process for determining final grades in my classes.Click on this link to access your grades:Note: If you want to print cumulative reports click "All Runs".