Projects & Cognitive Skills Grading

For each project, students are measured on a variety of cognitive skills. Cognitive skills are deeper learning skills, such as critical thinking, communication, problem-solving and collaboration. At the end of a project, students are graded based on a rubric on how they performed on each of the cognitive skills measured.

Cognitive Skill Grading Breakdown

Our students will be improving in their abilities throughout the year, and we want their grades to reflect and celebrate how much they know and can do at the end of the year.

A student’s grade on cognitive skills in projects is determined by how/she performed on cognitive skills across all projects. Cognitive skills scores make up 70% of a course's grade.

  • The overall grade is based on the weighted average of all cognitive skills being measured in a course. For example, if a specific cognitive skill is assessed 4 times in different projects, then it will count in a student’s grade 4 times.
  • Only the best grade for each cognitive skill in a course will be counted towards the overall grade. Thus, if a student had a low score in Oral Presentations early in the year, that score won’t count if she scored higher in a later project for that course.
  • If a student’s cognitive skill average for a course is below 70%, then the student will have an Incomplete grade.
  • Students must complete every project to pass a class.

A student can change an Incomplete into a letter grade by completing any overdue projects and improving his/her cognitive skill scores.

Cognitive Skills Rubric

Summit’s cognitive skills rubric helps our students learn the powerful and enduring skills our students need for success in college, career and life. Because these are life-long skills, they cut across subjects, courses, and grade levels. You can track your student’s progression on these skills throughout their entire tenure at Summit. The cognitive skills rubric was developed in partnership with Stanford University and aligned with state standards.

Students will have score between 1 - 8 on their cognitive skills where 8 is pre-professional. The score is translated to a percentage grade based on their grade level. See the table below to see what cognitive skill score matches to a 70%, 85%, and 100% grade at different grade levels.

 

Grade Level

70% (grade)

85%  (grade)

100% (grade)

6

2

3

4

7

2.5

3.5

4.5

8

3

4

5

9

3.5

4.5

5.5

10

4

5

6

11

4.5

5.5

6.5

12

5

6

7

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