Grade Configuration Updates (For Parents)

Starting the 2019-2020 academic year, your child’s school will have the flexibility to customize grade configurations for Summit Learning classes.

Summit Learning Program schools operate from a philosophy grounded in research that emphasizes the importance of building real-world skills—skills such as collaborating with peers, interpreting data, and presenting a persuasive argument. Summit Learning refers to these skills as “cognitive skills.” Students develop these skills in their Summit Learning classes through rigorous, interactive real-world projects. This increased grading flexibility enables schools to place more emphasis on your child’s cognitive skill development (versus the original, standard grading policy that limited all schools in how much weight Cognitive Skill scores held in determining students’ grades).

This is an exciting update! Your school’s leaders and teachers know your child best, and this flexibility enables them to tailor grading in a way that best serves your child and his/her classmates. School leaders will spend the next few months determining the appropriate weighting ratio of Cognitive Skills (known in math courses as “Unit Assessments”) to Focus Area progress, to ensure that new grading configurations best reflect student learning for each class. Once the school year begins, you will be able to see the breakdown of each class’s grading components within the “grading summary” of your child’s Platform account.

If you have questions about how your school will configure grades, please reach out to your child’s school leader or mentor.

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