• BLACK HORSE PIKE REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS DEPARTMENT 

                                                              Grading Categories & Percentage Weights

    College Prep & Accelerated Courses

    Honors & AP Courses

    CATEGORY

    PERCENTAGE

    CATEGORY

    PERCENTAGE

    Tests / Essays / Projects

    50%

    Tests / Essays/ Projects

    50%

    Quizzes

    30%

    Quizzes

    35%

    Homework / Classwork

    20%

    Homework / Classwork

    15%

     GRADING POLICIES

    Gradebook Updates

    • All gradebooks are expected to be updated weekly
    • All daily or short-term assignments and formative assessments used to monitor student progress must be entered within a week of the date assigned/administered. 
    • Long-term projects and writing assignments that are used as summative and performance assessments take more time and will not be completed within a week.
    • If a student does not hand in an assignment or misses an assessment, a grade of “0” or “M” (Missing) will be entered to accurately reflect the child’s performance progress and communicate grade average status. 

    Late work 

    • Late homework assignments will not be accepted unless a student is absent, in which case he/she will have as many days as he/she was absent to make up the assignment. A teacher may decide to grant half-credit on a late assignment depending upon circumstances as long as such allowances are made fairly and consistently for all students with similar situations.
    • Deductions for lateness on long-term projects and assignments shall be determined by the teacher and must be communicated with the students prior to the assignment due date.

     Grading Homework

    • The majority of homework assignments should be graded on completion and effort.  If a teacher wishes to collect a homework assignment and grade it based on correctness, as in the case of a writing assignment, he/she should make students aware of expectations ahead of time when giving the assignment.

     Extra Credit*

    The goal of providing extra credit opportunities is to help students improve their academic grades and performance.  In pursuit of this goal, teachers must adhere to the following guidelines when offering students extra credit in their classes:

    •  Extra credit opportunities must be equitable so that all students have opportunity to achieve the extra credit.  If a student is offered extra credit, that opportunity must be offered to all students in the class.  Furthermore, extra credit assignments must be accessible to all students in the class.  If an extra credit opportunity is not accessible to all students, options for extra credit must be provided to achieve equity so that all students have access to an opportunity for extra credit.
    • The extra credit assignment must represent an academic endeavor.  An extra credit assignment cannot require students to make a charitable donation (e.g. donating canned goods or boxes of tissues), buy anything (e.g. tickets to the school play), or stay after school to perform labor (e.g. setting up for Spirit Week).  
    • Extra credit assignments should not be of equal value to or take the place of major assignments or assessments.
    • Extra credit assignments must be limited to one opportunity per marking period.

     

    *Teachers are not required or obligated to provide extra credit opportunities for students.