STANDARDS REFERENCED GRADING SYSTEM
The East Union Secondary School believes our graduates will be uniquely qualified for continued learning in a dynamic world because the primary focus is on learning rather than attaining a specific grade. Standards referenced grading: provides the purest insight to learning, creates a roadmap to success, and allows learners to advocate for themselves. At East Union, time and energy is devoted to encountering great ideas and great literature, applying the scientific method, thinking like a historian or mathematician, developing critical thinking skills and learning to speak and write with precision and passion. Standards referenced grading supports our endeavor to build the capacity in young minds necessary for lifelong learning-- an endeavor critical to success in a thriving society.
THE IOWA CORE STANDARDS
A great school system begins with a clear and rigorous set of expectations, or standards, that educators help all learners to obtain. In Iowa, those academic standards are known as the Iowa Core. The Iowa Core standards describe what learners should know and be able to do from kindergarten through 12th grade in math, science, English language arts and social studies. The Iowa Core also sets learning goals for 21st Century skills in areas such as Employability Skills, financial, health and technological literacy. The Iowa Core sets appropriate expectations for all learners, regardless of where they live or what school district they attend, and reflects the real-world knowledge and skills learners need to graduate from high school prepared for college or to enter the workforce. In content areas not covered by the Iowa Core, appropriate state and national standards will be used to develop clear and consistent course standards to ensure that learners in those courses have the best education possible.
The goal of frequent assessment is to direct future instruction and learning. Formative assessments are scored and can be recorded but mainly used to track learning so that appropriate instruction can be planned. Learners are included in classroom assessment practices and tracking scores to ensure that the expectations are clear, promotes learning and encourages self-assessment and proficiency of the standards. Where learning is developmental and will grow with time, repeated practice and assessment provides evidence of progress.
Homework is a formative assessment, and it is essential for learners to do homework that is tied closely to learning objectives and enable learners to see those connections. Homework is an opportunity for learners to practice skills and activities, to share and discuss ideas, to review materials, to become familiar with resources, organize thoughts, and to prepare for class. Homework is intended for practicing skills that are necessary for developing proficiency of curriculum standards and preparing for summative assessments.
Summative assessments are defined as the assessments that show mastery of the Iowa Core Concepts identified within the course. With the implementation of the Iowa Core, learners are expected to show mastery of all required concepts and skills. Because the summative assessments are designed to demonstrate mastery of the Iowa Core, any learner who has not received a course grade at or above a 2.0 will not have met the requirements of the course.
Within the Iowa Core, there is a set of 21st Century Skills identified as Employability Skills. The Employability Skills standards represent universal skills that can be applied to any content area. They contribute to outcomes that are valued for individuals and for society, bring benefits in a wide variety of contexts, apply to multiple areas of life, and are of use to all individuals, deemphasizing competencies of use only in a specific trade, occupation or walk of life. Each learner will also be assessed based on their proficiency in these skills as they work to complete units and assessments within each course they take.
CALCULATION OF COURSE GRADES: Summative assessments of content standards and Employability Skills standards will be used to calculate the learner's overall course grade. Summative assessment scores will account for 80% of the overall course grade and Employability Skills scores will account for 20% of the learner’s overall course grade.
STANDARD REFERENCED GRADES CONVERSION TO LETTER GRADES:
For the recording of grades on the report card issued to learners, Standard Referenced Grades will be converted to a letter grade using the following guideline.
3.75 – 4.00 A 2.66 – 2.99 B-
3.50 – 3.74 A- 2.33 – 2.65 C+
3.25 – 3.49 B+ 2.00 – 2.32 C
3.00 – 3.24 B 0.00 - 1.99 F
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT RETAKE POLICY:
Learners that wish to retake a summative assessment, or are required to retake a summative assessment, will need to meet with their instructor and complete the following steps listed below in order to have the opportunity to retake the summative assessment.
- When a learner is not successful on a summative assessment or does not complete the assessment when assigned (projects not done) a zero is entered into the gradebook to indicate the lack of success. Any zeros (0) would lead to ineligibility.
- The instructor notifies the learner, parent/guardian, success coordinator, and any other relevant individuals that the learner was not successful on the assessment. The instructor will set a specific date, within one week of the time the score is entered into the JMC student management system. The learner is expected to report to the teacher to determine why the learner was not successful on the assessment.
- If the learner comes in at the set time, the teacher will review the assessment with the learner. A score of 1.0 is placed in the JMC student management system indicating that “with help” the learner was able to demonstrate some level 2.0 expectations listed on the unit proficiency scale. Beyond this point, the instructor and the learner will determine the appropriate timeline for the reassessment.
- If a learner wishes to reassess on a summative assessment to raise their passing score, they have one week from the time the score is placed into the JMC student management system to notify the teacher of their intent to reassess and they then have one week from their notification to complete the reassessment.
PROCESS FOR COMMUNICATING SCORES TO LEARNERS AND PARENTS/CUSTODIALS:
- Formative assessments:
- Summative Assessments and Employability Skills:
- All scores placed in the JMC student management system, will use the 4 point scale. Unit proficiency scoring scales that will be used to determine the appropriate evidence-based score will be provided to learners prior to beginning the unit. No percentage grades or other reporting formats will be used by any teacher.
- The score awarded to the learner will describe the level of proficiency as evidenced by learner’s performance as it is associated with standards.
- Teachers will communicate with parents when the learner has scored below 2.0 as soon as the score is entered into the JMC student management system.
- Teachers will communicate with parents a minimum of 1 week prior to a reporting period if the learner may become academically ineligible. If contact has not been made at least 1 week prior to the reporting period, the the learner will not be academically ineligible.
Learners and parents will receive progress reports electronically every 4 1/2 weeks for a total of 8 times per year. Learner led conferences will be held during the semester where parents will also receive progress reports. At the end of the first and second semester, report cards will be provided to the learner and their parent/guardian via the on-line learner/parent portal. Learners who have a concern about their grades should talk to their teachers to determine how they can improve their performance. Letter grades/Standards Referenced Grades are given at the close of each semester of school work. Standards Referenced Grades used by the teachers have the following values:
4…....The learner demonstrates an in-depth understanding of the material by completing advanced applications of the material.
3…....The learner demonstrates proficiency on the complex, targeted knowledge and skills for the class.
2……The learner understands the foundational material, but is still working to master application of the concepts and skills.
1…....The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of all of the foundational material with support.
Learners in grades 9-12 will be allowed to take a class for pass or fail.
a. This class will not count towards their G.P.A.
b. Learners will be allowed to take one class per year Pass/Fail.
c. The teacher won’t know who is taking the class for Pass/Fail. Only the learner and the office/counselor will know.
d. A grade of “C“ or a 2.0 will be the lowest grade allowed to earn a passing grade.
e. The deadline for declaring whether or not the class is being taken for a grade or for a Pass/Fail is midterm of the
An honor roll will be announced for the middle school and the high school at the end of each semester for the purpose of recognizing outstanding student work. To qualify for the honor roll, learners cannot receive a grade point average below a 3.0 (B).
Anatomy and Physiology and Zoology Syllabus ( Mr. Myrtue )
AVAILABLE HOURS: By appointment only - mornings and after school
MISSION STATEMENT: To discover and explore the many wonders of nature which will stimulate curiosity and interests in various areas of anatomy, physiology and zoology.
Anatomy : This class will be investigating the structure and function of the human body. Systems covered will include the skeletal, muscular, digestive, sensory, nervous, immune, and reproductive. The goals for all students will be to master the material regarding the body systems including structures and functions. This class will help set the stage of knowledge for adult life and will help build a base for understanding health concerns for all.
Zoology: This class will be investigating the entire phyla of the animal kingdom. This will include various phyla such as the simple protozoa, sponges, worms, arthropods, birds, mammals and others. A common goal will aid students in their appreciation of how nature is balance with all the various forms of life. This class will also include areas of botany, ecology and the future of our environment throughout the world.
COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES :
1. Evaluate scientific information for relevance to a given problem. 2. Develop questions from observations that transition into testable hypotheses,
3. Formulate a testable hypothesis, 4. Predict the outcome of an investigation based on prior evidence, probability, and/or modeling (not guessing or inferring), 2. Identify the resources needed to conduct an investigation, 2. Evaluate whether investigation data support or do not support the proposed hypothesis, 4. Support conclusions with logical scientific arguments, 1. Specify the requirements of a valid, scientific explanation (theory), including that it be: logical, subject to peer review, public, respectful of rules of evidence, 2. Explain the process by which accepted ideas are challenged or extended by scientific innovation, 5. Describe the levels of organization of living things from cells, through tissues, organs, organ systems, organisms, populations, and communities to all ecosystems.
STUDIED TEXTS: Students will be using several sources of information for class activities and classwork, including the textbook and teacher
website: www.sciencewithmyrt.com. Supplemental information will come from sources such as Biology Coloring Book, Anatomy Coloring Book, Zoology coloring book and other hand-outs and worksheets.
- Writing utensils: pens (black blue, and red), highlighters, and pencils
- Composition notebook ( for journal )
REQUIRED FORMAT OF WORK:
- All essays and work should be: typed, titled, in 12-14 point, Times New Roman font, with standard margins, double-spaced.
- All re-writes or rough drafts must be stapled behind new or final copy.
- Name, due date, class title, instructor’s name, and assignment must be in the upper right hand corner.
- No handwritten essays or response assignments will be accepted unless agreed upon by student and teacher.
- All power-point assignments must follow 100% directions and avoid plagiarism.
COURSE ASSIGNMENTS AND ACTIVITIES: This will be a highly dynamic classroom. We will be doing hands-on activities, labs, and presentations. Students should be prepared to think critically and engage with their peers in a constructive and positive manner. Students who are not able to complete certain labs, specifically dissections, need to notify the teacher at least two days in advance of a scheduled lab. Students who do not inform the teacher with enough lead time will not be given a make-up assignment. Evaluations will consist of homework, in-class participation, work done in class, lab activities, papers and/or projects, and tests. All rubrics will be available on Jupiter Grades, linked to the appropriate assignment. Assignments graded with these rubrics will have the graded rubric available online for student and parent review.
CLASSROOM RULES: Breakage of lab equipment needs to be reported to the teacher immediately, whether accidental or not. Students must wear closed-top footwear on lab days. Students must have long hair tied back on lab days. Any injury, no matter how minor, must be reported to the teacher immediately. Defacing, damaging, or otherwise treating animal specimens (both living and deceased) with less than the utmost respect will result in discipline consequences. Failure to follow these rules during labs will result in a verbal warning to the student and loss of points on the assignment. Any subsequent violation will result in the student taking a 0 on that assignment.
Students are not dismissed by the bell at the end of the class period. Students are dismissed by the teacher when the learning activities are completed at the end of the class period. Students are expected to be actively engaged until dismissed by the teacher.
Food is not allowed in class. Drinking clear bottled (either store-bought or tap-filled) water is acceptable in class. Soda, coffee, tea, energy drinks, and other beverages with a screw-tight lid are allowed in the classroom but cannot be consumed. Any beverage that is not bottled water being consumed in class or brought to class without a spill-proof lid is subject to confiscation and disposal by Mr. Gay. The student responsible will be subject to a discipline referral to Dr. Perkins.
STUDENT CONDUCT: All procedures regarding conduct, including computer conduct, will be followed as outlined in the Mission Heights Preparatory High School Student Handbook.
1. Cheating, fabrication (making up information or sources), and plagiarism (copying) will be subject to strict disciplinary action. A student found cheating, fabricating, or plagiarizing will receive a 0 for that activity and referred to Mr. Goodson or Dr. Perkins for disciplinary action. Since this rule is strictly enforced, please avoid all appearance of academic dishonesty. I expect all students to complete their own work, and integrity in all ways is of utmost importance!
2. Disruptive behavior in class will not be tolerated. This includes behavior that others find unwelcome or offensive. Students who misbehave or disrupt class will be contacted by the instructor or given a verbal warning. Any subsequent misbehavior can result in the student being sent to Mr. Goodson or Dr. Perkins with a referral for disciplinary action.
3. If a cell phone or other device should be used without my direct authorization in my classroom, I will take it and hold it until the end of the day. If it happens again, I will send it to Dr. Perkins with a referral.
This course involves using school technology. You are expected to follow the technology usage rules as discussed in the student handbook. Failure to follow the rules will result in appropriate action being taken by the teacher and/or administrator. NO INTERNET GAMES, PERSONAL EMAIL, SOCIAL NETWORKING, INSTANT MESSENGER, ETC. ALLOWED.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: 1. Daily attendance for class is crucial. 2. Tardiness: There are only a few instances in which being late to class is unavoidable. If you arrive late to class, you prove to be a disruption to the class and disregard a common courtesy owed your classmates. Excessive and/or disruptive tardiness may result in referral to the office. You must be in the classroom and seated when the bell rings.
BATHROOM POLICY: Students may sign out of the classroom for whatever reason (need medicine, use the restroom, get supplies, etc.). Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. Signing out will be accomplished via a CLASSROOM PASS FORM.
CLASSWORK/MAKE UP WORK POLICY: All students to have internet access. If a student does not have internet access at home the student should take advantage of the computer lab at school or at the libraries in town.
CONSEQUENCES: All consequences comply with the discipline plan outlined in the handbook and will be dealt with on an individual basis.
STUDY TIME: Most college courses require that students spend a significant amount of time outside of class in individual study time. Therefore, as a college preparatory class, we will start preparing you for this. A guideline is to spend 2 – 3 hours per week outside of class. This means that in a 4 credit course 8 – 12 hours of outside study per week would be expected at a minimum.
ACCOMMODATION AND SPECIAL NEEDS: Your instructor is willing to make any reasonable adaptations for limitations due to any disability, including learning disability. Any student with certifiable special needs should contact the Principal, Dean, or Special Needs Coordinator, and they will inform me of the proper accommodations you require. If you have a special need, including a learning disability, it is your responsibility to contact this office as soon as possible to discuss your accommodation needs.
RETENTION OF EXAMINATIONS OR ASSIGNMENTS: Instructors will retain copies of student examinations and assignments not returned to students for one semester in case of dispute between a faculty member and a student in assigning or recording a grade. After that time, instructors may discard course materials in a manner that preserves student confidentiality.
Quizzes / Tests
The standard grading scale presently in school handbook will be used.