Discussion in 'Secondary Education' started by Galois, Jul 15, 2012.

1. ### GaloisCompanion

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I will be preparing syllabuses/syllabi for my students soon and will show the breakdown for grades.

How many percent do you allocate for: tests, quizzes, homework, participation points, etc. What's your rationale, if any, behind the allocation?

Thanks for your help.

3. ### LilyGirl01Rookie

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This is just from memory, it has been 6 years since I've taught middle school:

40% Essays/Projects

40% Tests

10% Quizzes

10% Classwork/Homework

4. ### MathemagicianGroupie

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I used a points system. The reason is simple...it allows more flexibility. If I say tests are 50%, but then we only end up having 2 tests that MP, it's tough. I plan to do tests 100 pts., quizzes 20-30 pts, projects 25-100 pts, and homework 3 pts. per day, as well as other various classwork grades and such. In my opinion it's easier than making sure I have enough assignments in each category.

5. ### JustMeVirtuoso

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Only summative assessments are entered into the gradebook and none are weighted. The reasoning is that we want our grades to accurately reflect the student's mastery of the standards. Note that by summative I don't only mean MC tests.

6. ### moparMultitudinous

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I also use a point system. I try to plan it so that tests/quizzes are about 40-50% of the grade and classwork, participation, homework, and projects make up the other 50-60%. This is our school policy.

I weight my tests out if 100 points and test every two weeks or so. If homework is assigned every night and given 10 points a day, then the homework would equal a test score each two weeks. If you use 5 points it would be about half a test score. This really helped me to assign point values to projects and assignments.

7. ### AliceaccMultitudinous

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School policy:

1/3 tests
1/3 quizzes, homework, class participation
1/3 trimester exam.

8. ### HistTchrHabitué

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I use a total points system, as well. Most classwork and homework assignments are 10 points, quizzes are usually around 25-50 points, and tests/projects are 100 points. I like using points since I can individually weight my assignments based on their difficulty and/or length.

At the end of each term, major assessments usually comprise about 60% of the total points, quizzes and writing assignments make up about 20% of the grade, and classwork/homework the remaining 20%. (Those are just rough estimates.)

9. ### chebruttaEnthusiast

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Department policy:

50% summative
30% formative
10% classwork
10% homework

School policy is that minimum four grades must be given in each category every quarter.

10. ### cmwGroupie

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40% participation
20% quizzes
20% classwork
20% projects

I'll be making some adjustments for next year...I've still got to play around with it some.

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This is what I'm going to do this year:

30% Classwork and Homework (20-25 grades in this category)
35% Quizzes and small projects (8-10 grades)
35% Tests and major projects (3-5 grades)

12. ### GaloisCompanion

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Thanks to all your inputs. The point system sounds interesting. What does MP and MC mean? I saw them in two posts.

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Marking Period
Multiple Choice

14. ### MathemagicianGroupie

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MP=marking period
MC=multiple choice

15. ### BrendanFanatic

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I also grade on points. I grade out of pretty high point values, I know I could just cut them in half, but I like it better with the higher point values. Tests are 200 points, quizzes are 100 points, and everything else is under 100 points, but varies depending on length and difficulty. Papers, activities, and projects also vary. So a chapters worth of reading homework may be something like 60 points, whereas the quick write I pick up on a discussion we had may be 10 or 20 points. I grade almost everything my kids do, except those things we go over in class, so the points add up quick.

16. ### MathemagicianGroupie

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That's actually a good thought about high point values for several reasons. You can be more picky without it killing their grade, and it makes the kids think it's more substantial than it is...might have to steal that idea of doubling my point values.

17. ### GaloisCompanion

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So, a question on point system: If the total available points is 1000, what would a grade of A, B, C and F mean? Thanks.

18. ### BrendanFanatic

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Well we don't give letter grades, so to get the percentage you just divide total points earned/total possible X 100.

19. ### MathemagicianGroupie

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For me, that is determined by the school. I don't plan on computing letter grades until the end of the marking period (unless a student is doing poorly and I need to let a parent know).

In my school it is 90-100 A, 80-89 B, 70-79 C, 60-69 D, 59 and lower F...there are +/-s too, but I don't know off hand where they fall.

So if a student scored 888 out of 1000 available points for the marking period, his marking period grade would be 88.8% (which is what we submit), which translates to a B (actually B+) on the school's grading scale.

I think most schools have an established scale for conversion of number to letter grades so it just comes down to % of total points available that the student earned.

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Jul 16, 2012

Thanks again to all your answers. Boy, I am almost ready. I will have a classroom management plan, syllabi, pacing guides and lesson plans, and a new pair of comfortable shoes. Is there anything I forgot?

21. ### TechnoMageCompanion

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HS Science

For many years I have used this system:

65% tests
35% assignments (classwork/homework)

Labs are counted as a test.
Tests are tests are tests

All class activities are assignments.
some assignments are graded for percentage correct.
some assignments are graded for completion.
All homework grades are assignments and are graded for completion.

There is a grade given each day.
Students who are absent are given no grade if excused optionally they can make it up.
Students who are unexcused are given a zero or have to come in after school to make it up (not optional) when I can, not when they can.

Easy on me, easy on them and it works.

22. ### AussiegirlHabitué

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I also use points.

Tests/projects/major writing activity - 100 pts.
Quizzes - usually 50 pts; pop quizzes are 25-35 pts.
Classwork - 25 - 35 pts.
HW - 10 - 20 pts. District says has to be 10% or less of total grade. Sometimes I have to average my HW grades .

Have to have minimum of 12 grades per marking period.

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