Grades Overview

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:

Grading for all courses except math courses
Grading for math courses
Potential reasons for incomplete grades

Learn more about how Cognitive Skills scores, as well as Math Concept scores, are translated to percentage grades.


Grading for all courses except math courses

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

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  • 70%: Cognitive Skills through Projects
    • Students must complete all Projects to pass a course
  • 30%: Mastery of Focus Areas through content assessments
    • There are two types of Focus Areas: Power Focus Areas (PFAs) and Additional Focus Areas (AFAs).
      • Power Focus Areas: 21% of a student’s overall grade 
        Students must pass all Content Assessments in Power Focus Areas to pass a course. If a student does not complete any Power Focus Areas, he or she will receive an incomplete on his or her overall grade.
        • Because all Power Focus Areas are required, students will either receive all 21 percentage points from Power Focus Areas or will receive an incomplete in a course.
      • Additional Focus Areas: 9% of a student’s overall grade
        • If there is only one AFA, it will be worth 9% of the overall grade.
        • If there are two AFAs, each will be worth 4.5% of the overall grade.
        • If there are three AFAs, each will be worth 3% of the overall grade.
        • If there are nine AFAs, each will be worth 1% of the overall grade.
        • The highest grade a student can receive in a course without passing any Additional Focus Areas is 91% (out of 100%).Students can still pass a course without passing one or more Additional Focus Areas, but they will receive a grade penalty for leaving any Additional Focus Area incomplete.
        • To determine the grade value of each Additional Focus Area, divide the 9 percentage points available by the number of Additional Focus Areas.

Grading for math courses

Grades for math courses are calculated as follows:

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  • 70%: Math Concepts through Math Units
  • 30%: Mastery of content in Focus Areas through Content Assessments
    • 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
    • 21%: Power Focus Areas
    • 9%: Additional Focus Areas

 

Grading for math courses with projects 

Note: many Base Curriculum math courses only includes Math Units (as pictured in the chart above), but schools can still opt to include Projects in math.

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  • 40%: Math Concepts through Math Units
  • 30%: Cognitive Skills through Projects
    • Students must complete all Projects to pass a course
  • 30%: Mastery of content in Focus Areas through Content Assessments
    • 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
    • 21%: Power Focus Areas
    • 9%: Additional Focus Areas

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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