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Grading System & Grading Information

District Common Grading Procedures

To ensure consistency among schools, the following shall apply to all:

  1. All schools shall implement continuous spreadsheet grading.  The final report card grade will not be based off of averaging of averages (composite grades), but rather averages of the individual assignments weighted by category type.
  2. All final grades shall be determined based on the following gradebook categories:
    1. Major Assignments: 60 percent
    2. Minor Assignments: 40 percent
  3. For high school courses with an associated state mandated end-of-course test, the test score shall count as 20% of the final course grade.
  4. Homework is considered practice and is not to be taken for a grade.
  5. For academic classes, not writing name on paper, lack of materials, notebook grades, turning papers in late, incomplete work, etc. should not be included as part of or affect the grade. Participation / completion grades shall not be awarded unless it is part of the standard.
  6. Official grade reports will be sent to parents following each academic quarter. Middle and high school final report cards will be available on Infinite Campus Portal after the conclusion of the school year.  Elementary final report cards will be sent home on the last day of school.
Grading Score Types
Subject Grading Type
ELA & Math (Grades 1-5)
Science & Social Studies (Grades 3-5)
All Subjects (Grades 6-12)
Numeric
Science & Social Studies (Grades K-2)
Specials: Art, Music, PE, etc. (Grades K-5)
1 = Unsatisfactory
2 = Needs Improvement
3 = Satisfactory
4 = Excellent
Expectations for Assignment Scores

The typical expectation is that teachers will enter assignment grades within fiveschool days of assignment completion.  For extended projects and writing assignments, teachers will enter grades within 10 school days of assignment completion.  Principals reserve the right to grant extensions on a case-by-case basis. Assignments scores are viewable immediately after entry into the grade book via the Infinite Campus parent/student portal.

Reassessment Opportunities

Students shall have the opportunity to reassess if mastery (a grade of 80% or higher) is not achieved.  In order to participate in a reassessment opportunity, the student must participate in some type of re-teaching, as determined by the teacher.  If the student scores higher on the reassessment, the grade shall be replaced in the grade book up to a maximum score of 80%.

Elementary Grade Scale (Grades 1-5)

90-100................................................................. A
80-89................................................................... B
70-79................................................................... C
69 & Lower.......................................................... F
4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Excellent
3......................................................... Satisfactory
2............................................ Needs Improvement
1.................................................... Unsatisfactory

Middle School & High School Grade Scale (Grades 6-12)

90-100................................................................. A 
80-89................................................................... B 
70-79................................................................... C 
69 and below....................................................... F
INC....................................................... Incomplete
WD....................................................... Withdrawal

Academic Counseling

Counselors are available in each school to assist students with their problems and concerns of an academic, a vocational or a personal nature. Parents are encouraged to make an appointment to discuss their child’s problems or progress with counselors and/or their child’s faculty advisor and/or teacher(s).

Information concerning post-secondary education and training, college admissions testing (ACT, SAT, AccuPlacer, etc.), scholarship searchers, military options, and career planning is also available through classroom guidance and individual guidance services. Parents and students are encouraged to utilize all of the services provided by the Georgia Student Finance Commission website, www.GAfutures.org for helping students plan, apply, and pay for college.

Make Up Work

It is expected that all students make arrangements with their teacher to make up work in a timely manner.

Valedictorian/Salutatorian

The valedictorian and salutatorian for each graduating class shall be those students pursuing a regular education diploma who have attained the highest academic averages over four years. No student shall be entitled to be valedictorian or salutatorian who does not enroll at the respective high school during the first ten (10) days of his/her senior year.

The valedictorian will be the student with the highest overall weighted average. The salutatorian will be the student with the second highest overall weighted average. The following will apply:

  1. For purposes of identifying the valedictorian and the salutatorian for respective classes, the averages shall be computed at the end of the first semester (second nine weeks) of the student’s senior year. 
  2. Individual course grades weighted in accordance with the high school credit value of the course.
  3. All transfer grades must have been received from a school accredited by AdvancEd or equivalent accrediting institution.
  4. Grades from dual enrollment courses will be considered in calculations of the numerical averages based on the district’s conversion scale.
  5. Grades from *Advanced Placement (AP) courses shall receive a 10% bump when calculating overall average for honor graduate purposes.
  6. Grades from *Honors (Non-AP) courses shall receive a 5% bump when calculating overall average for honor graduate purposes.
  7. Credits earned in lieu of participating in a course shall not be included in the overall average.  
  8. Students who do not graduate from high school within four (4) regular academic years are not eligible.
  9. In the event of a tie for valedictorian or salutatorian, the student who has completed more Advanced Placement classes will be named valedictorian or salutatorian for reporting to the Georgia Student Finance Commission.  If a tie continues, students’ scores on the Advanced Placement exams will be used to break the tie.
Earning Credit By Testing Out (High School Students)

The Georgia Department of Education allows students the option to “test-out” of high school EOC courses per provisions in State Board of Education Rule 160-5-1.15 (AWARDING UNITS OF CREDIT AND ACCEPTANCE OR TRANSFER CREDIT AND/OR GRADES).  This rule provides an opportunity for high performing students to earn EOC course credit without taking the course.  Under the provisions of the rule, and guidelines published by the Georgia Department of Education, students who meet state and local eligibility criteria can take an End of Course (EOC) assessment (before enrolling in and taking the course), and if they score at the “Distinguished Learner” level on the assessment, they will be awarded credit for that course.

Course credit earned through testing out is reported as one unit of regular credit earned through course completion.  No quality points or honors level of distinction will be applied for course credit earned through testing-out.  The grade equivalent score provided on the EOC score report will be entered as the grade for the course.  This score will NOT calculate toward the student’s GPA for the HOPE Scholarship.  

Per state guidance, eligible students are provided only one opportunity per course to participate in the test-out option. A student may earn no more than three units of credit by demonstrating subject area competency in this fashion. Please see your child’s school counselor for more information.

Hope Program

The HOPE (Helping Outstanding Students Educationally) grant and scholarship programs will assist graduating high school students who meet certain requirements with financial assistance for post-secondary study at Georgia public colleges, universities or technical institutes and in some instances, private institutions.

Courses taken in middle school are not used for calculating the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship GPA. See your child’s school counselor or visit Georgia Futures for more information.