Grades Overview

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Summit Learning’s grading policy prioritizes the development of Cognitive Skills that students need for success in college and career. Because these are lifelong skills, Cognitive Skills cut across subjects, courses, and grade levels. A student’s score on the Cognitive Skills Rubric comprises 70% of a student’s grade. Summit’s focus on Cognitive Skills is supported by learning science and developed through Real-World Projects; students, teachers and families can track a student’s progression on these skills throughout their entire tenure in Summit Learning.

In order to put Cognitive Skills to work, students must develop a broad Content Knowledge base. A foundational component of Summit Learning is that students demonstrate competency on standards-aligned Content Knowledge across all core subject areas. Mastery of Content Knowledge comprises 30% of a student’s grade.

Grades demonstrate both the competencies students have and the growth they have made: Summit Learning’s grading policy is designed to reflect a growth mindset and celebrate student improvement.

If you want to know more about our grading policy, please read our Grading Policy Overview and our Grading Policy FAQs.

Below, you can learn more about how our grades are calculated:

You can also learn more about how cognitive skills scores, as well as math concept unit scores, are translated to percentage grades.


  

Grading for all courses except math courses

Grades for all courses except math courses are calculated as follows:

Grading for all courses except math courses

  • 70%: Cognitive skills through projects
    • Students must complete all projects to pass a course
  • 30%: Mastery of content in focus areas through content assessments
    • 21%: Power focus areas
      • Note: Students must pass all content assessments for power focus areas to pass a course
      • For non-AP courses, students must answer 8/10 assessment questions correctly to pass
      • For AP courses, students must answer 7/10 assessment questions correctly to pass
    • 9%: Additional focus areas 

Take a look at the following student's grade calculations:

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Grading for math courses

Grades for math courses are calculated as follows:

Grading for math courses

  • 30%: Cognitive skills through projects
    • Students must complete all projects to pass a course
  • 40%: Mastery of math concept units
  • 30%: Mastery of content in focus areas through content assessments
    • 21%: Power focus areas
      • Note: Students must pass all content assessments for power focus areas to pass a course
      • For non-AP courses, students must answer 8/10 assessment questions correctly to pass
      • For AP courses, students must answer 7/10 assessment questions correctly to pass
    • 9%: Additional focus areas

Take a look at the following student's grade calculations:

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Potential reasons for incomplete grades

Students may have incomplete grades in any of the following cases:

Keep in mind that students can change incomplete grades into letter grades by completing any overdue projects and improving their cognitive skill scores.

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