Perrysburg Junior High School’s grading philosophy is based upon best practice and research. We recognize that students in the middle grades are at varying stages of development and readiness; they are continually growing academically, socially and emotionally. We believe the purpose of grades is to communicate information about a student’s achievement at a given time and about learning trends during the school year. Additionally, we believe that academic grades will primarily reflect students’ mastery of the content of the Ohio Learning Standards and the district-approved curriculum as outlined in curricular maps.
Consistent & Equitable Grading Policy
We maintain a Consistent and Equitable Grading Policy for tests, which holds students accountable for their own learning and academic performance. Grades are recorded on a scale of 50-100%. No final grade below 50% will be recorded. Grades entered below a 50% in Schoology are preliminary, pending student initiative to exercise a second-chance opportunity. If that opportunity is not exercised, the grade will be converted to 50%.
Second-Chance Test Policy
Students who have not shown mastery of content on tests will have the opportunity for a second chance. The goal is to allow students the opportunity to demonstrate learning that was not indicated on the initial test. In order for a second-chance opportunity to be provided, students are required to sign up with their teachers and develop a plan for the option to have a second-chance opportunity. Additionally, students will need to demonstrate that they have done the necessary preparation to be successful on a second-chance opportunity. The teacher will determine the type of preparation needed, which may include: completion of missing assignments, content reviews, test corrections, etc.
The highest level of mastery will be recorded in the grade book regardless of whether it was the initial assessment or reassessment. The original grade earned on tests will be noted in the “notes” section of the grade book for intervention purposes and parent information. Teachers will post and clearly communicate second-chance opportunities and deadlines on Schoology. The goal, as students develop study strategies and work habits throughout the year, is for their usage of second-chance opportunities to decrease.
Homework is an important part of the learning process and takes a different form and purpose per content area. When homework is done accurately and in a timely manner, it can increase understanding of concepts, strengthen skills and improve achievement. Homework is only assigned when it is critical for student understanding or allows students to practice skills that build throughout the year. Homework will not count for more than 5-10 percent of a student’s grade for the quarter. Teachers try to limit assigning homework over long weekends and holiday breaks.
At Perrysburg Junior High School, teachers and administrators are dedicated to assessing students’ knowledge using clear and objective measures, and communicating those measurements to all stakeholders. To this end, grades will:
- Be aligned to our core beliefs
- Convey achievement of identified standards approved by the Perrysburg Exempted Village School District
- Be predominantly determined by achievement and not behavior
- Be based on quality assessments and objective evidence of learning
- Support student learning
- Be clearly communicated to all stakeholders on an ongoing basis