Grades

The Grades tab shows your student’s grades in all courses based on his/her current pace. The grades are NOT final until after the year ends and may change after completing a project or passing a Content Assessment.

For each course, you can see your student’s performance based on his/her current pace, including::

  • Overall % grade in the course
  • Overall letter grade in the course
  • Grade goal your student set for him/herself
  • Number of projects overdue
  • Number of power and additional focus areas he/she is on pace to complete
  • Cognitive skills average for projects  

Grading Details

Grades show both the competencies students have as well as the growth they have made. We believe that our students will be growing and improving in their abilities throughout the year, and we want their grades to reflect and celebrate that. Thus:

All courses except math courses

  • 70% of a course's grade for all subjects except math are graded based on a student’s cognitive skills in projects. Students must complete every project to pass a class. If a student does not complete a project or the cognitive skill average for a course is below 70%, then the student will have an Incomplete grade. He/she can change the Incomplete into a letter grade by completing any overdue projects and improving in his/her cognitive skill scores.
  • 30% of a student's grade reflects the mastery of content in a course. This is split between Power Focus Areas (worth 21%) and Additional Focus Areas (worth 9%). Students show mastery by passing content assessments. Students must pass all content assessments in the Power Focus Areas to pass a class

 

Math courses

  • 30% of a course's grade are graded based on a student’s cognitive skills in projects. Students must complete every project to pass a class. If a student does not complete a project or the cognitive skill average for a course is below 70%, then the student will have an Incomplete grade. He/she can change the Incomplete into a letter grade by completing any overdue projects and improving in his/her cognitive skill scores.
  • 40% of a course's grade are graded based on a student's mastery of math concepts.
  • 30% of a student's grade reflects the mastery of content in a course. This is split between Power Focus Areas (worth 21%) and Additional Focus Areas (worth 9%). Students show mastery by passing content assessments. Students must pass all content assessments in the Power Focus Areas to pass a class

 

Cognitive Skills Grading Details

If you click on the cognitive skills line, it will expand to show all of the cognitive skills potentially being measured in that course. The highlighted blue cells are your student’s highest score on a cognitive skill. Students will have an average cognitive skill score of between 1 - 8, depending on their grade level. The score is translated to a percentage grade based on our cognitive skills rubric. You will see what score is an A+ and what score is a C- in the table.

On the left hand side is the Current Weight for a given cognitive skill, or how many times that skill has been measured so far in a course. A cognitive skill with a weight of 2, which means it has been measured twice in different projects, will be counted twice as much as a cognitive skill being measured once with a weight of 1.

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