How are projects graded?

As a parent/guardian, you may be interested in the different factors that contribute to your child’s grades on the Summit Learning Platform. Grades show the competencies that students have developed, as well as their growth. At Summit Learning, we want grades to reflect the fact that students will be growing and improving in their abilities throughout the year.

For projects, students are measured on a variety of cognitive skills (ex: critical thinking, communication, problem-solving and collaboration). While student work on checkpoints can be associated with different cognitive skills, checkpoints are designed to provide formative feedback for students and don’t contribute to grades for projects. Instead, project grades are based on the cognitive skills scores a student receives on the project’s final product(s). Learn more about the cognitive skills rubric and how cognitive skills scores are translated into percentage grades.

Cognitive skills scores make up 70% of a student’s grade in non-math courses, while cognitive skills scores make up 30% of a student’s grade in math courses. Keep in mind that cognitive skills scores are weighted based on how many times they are assessed in a course. For example, if a cognitive skill is assessed 3 times in a course across different projects, then it will count in a student’s grade 3 times. However, only the highest score a student receives for each cognitive skill in a course will count in a student’s grade.

Note: In order to pass a course, students must complete every project for that course. Otherwise, they will have an incomplete grade for that course.

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