Grading Policies

IN-Tech Academy Middle School


    • Courses are 36-week learning cycles (one year) unless otherwise noted

IN-Tech Academy High School


    • Courses are 18-week learning cycles (one semester).
    • Each semester will last 18 weeks, having 2 marking periods each.
    • Two semesters per year.

Assessments

Formative Assessments may include work like:

  • Homework
  • Classwork (e.g.,notebooks, exit slips)
  • Regular Writing Assignments
  • Worksheets, Dittos and Readings
  • Informal Speaking Activities/Dialogues (Foreign Language)
  • Lab Behavior/Technique (Science)
  • Quizzes

Summative Assessments may include work like:

  • Cumulative Exams*
  • Final Essays or Research Papers
  • Final Writing Pieces (Foreign Language)
  • Lab Reports (Science)
  • Presentations
  • Projects
*Those classes that end in a Regents exam may, at the discretion of the department, use that exam as the final and use the score in the calculation for the final grade, but in no case shall the exam count for more than 30% of the grade. A student cannot pass or fail a class based solely on performance on a New York State exam. The department’s policy will be clearly stated in the course syllabus.

Formative assessments are to be designed as practice that leads to success on summative assessment(s). With rare exceptions, students are to be provided at least two but no more than three summative assessment opportunities each marking period.

  • In the 18-week learning cycle, midterm exams are given during the first marking period and final exams are given during the second marking period. In the 36-week learning cycle, midterm exams are given during the second marking period in the first semester and final exams are given during the second marking period in the second semester.
  • There are two marking periods per semester. The first marking period will account for 45% of the student’s grade for the semester; the second marking period will account for 55% of the student’s grade for the semester. Students must submit final summative assessments to be eligible to pass the semester.

Look below to see the value (percentage) of each type of assessment based on the GRADE level you're currently in. This is how your final grade is determined at IN-Tech Academy.

6th Grade:

            • 40% Summative Assessments
            • 60% Formative Assessments

7th Grade:

            • 50% Summative Assessments
            • 50% Formative Assessments

8th Grade:

            • 60% Summative Assessments
            • 40% Formative Assessments

9th Grade:

            • 60% Summative Assessments
            • 40% Formative Assessments

10th Grade:

            • 70% Summative Assessments
            • 30% Formative Assessments

11th Grade:

            • 70% Summative Assessments
            • 30% Formative Assessments

12th Grade:

            • 80% Summative Assessments
            • 20% Formative Assessments

Remember, it's always good to confirm with teachers at the beginning of each semester what their grading practices are and how you can best achieve academic success.

Late Assignments

Teachers will accept late assignments up to one week before the end of the marking period for the assignment to be considered in that marking period.

    • Late assignments are expected to meet minimum standards in order to be considered.
    • Late assignments may incur a penalty of a reduced grade.
    • Any assignment that does not meet minimum standards for passing must be redone and resubmitted.
    • Students are responsible for arranging times with their teacher to make up any missed summative assessments.

Teacher policies regarding penalties for late work will be clearly stated in the course syllabus.

Passing and Permissible Grades

Mid-Marking Period Check-Ins

To ensure students are aware of their academic standing in each of their classes, a mid-marking period grade check-in will allow all students the opportunity to review their current standing in class and work they may need to complete or areas of focus in order to improve. Documentation of these meetings will be kept in student portfolios.

Following are permissible grades on report cards for all courses:

Passing grades: 65-100

Academic failure: 55

Academic failure due to missing work and attending fewer than 66% of the classes: NS (see below)

In accordance with the Academic Policy guide, the following grades may also be given:

Incomplete: A grade of Incomplete (“NX”) should be given if a student has a documented, extreme extenuating circumstance that prevents him/her from completing the course in its established timeframe (e.g., surgery, death in the family). Guidance or administration should be consulted in these cases. “NX” does not have a pass/fail or a numeric equivalent. A student who receives an incomplete must successfully complete remaining course requirements by the end of the semester following the termination of the course in order to receive a final grade and credit, as applicable, unless the extenuating circumstance continues beyond the semester.

NL (New or Recently Admitted Students): Students who enroll in a course after it has started may have missed assignments or assessments needed to generate a complete course grade for a given marking period. These students may be given a grade of “NL” in STARS to indicate this circumstance. “NL” does not have a pass/fail or numeric equivalent. Students who receive a grade of “NL” must successfully complete remaining course requirements by the end of the semester following the termination of the course in order to receive a final grade and credit, as applicable.

NS (No Show): A grade of “NS” is given to a student who fails to attend a course and does not participate in any of the work from which a grade can be derived. “NS” has a pass/fail equivalent of fail and a default numeric equivalent of 45. This mark should be used in egregious situations, when students have been given reasonable chances to make up missed work and their absences are so chronic that only a failing mark is appropriate. Typically, a long-term absentee (LTA) should be discharged from the school and dropped from the schedule, rather than be given a failing grade. Similarly, students who are on home and hospital instruction should not receive “NS” marks.

Note: Mid-semester reports are “progress reports” and as such can carry a mark of 45 to indicate missing work.


Cheating and Plagiarism

Engaging in scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to the following:

a. Cheating (e.g., copying from another’s test paper; using material during a test which is not authorized by the person giving the test; collaborating with another student during the test without authorization; knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting, in whole or part, the contents of an un-administered test; substituting for another student or permitting another student to substitute for one’s self to take a test; bribing another person to obtain a test that is to be administered; or securing copies of the test or answers to the test in advance of the test)

b. Plagiarizing (appropriating another’s work and using it as one’s own for credit without the required citation and attribution, e.g., copying written work from the Internet, or any other source)

c. Colluding (engaging in fraudulent collaboration with another person in preparing written work for credit)

Consequences for cheating, plagiarizing or colluding include the following:

    • Homework: The student will receive no credit for the assignment. The student is expected to redo the assignment or an alternative in order to acquire the lost learning.
    • A summative assessment: The teacher will bring this to administration and the student’s guidance counselor. A conference will be held with the student, the student’s parent or guardian, and the teacher. If this is the first instance, the student(s) will be allowed to retake the assessment or an alternative assessment with a reduced grade. In addition, the student will take part in explicit, focused training on avoiding academic dishonesty. If this is the second instance, another conference will be held to determine whether the student should be allowed to retake the assessment.
    • NYS Regents Exams or SAT: The Regents exam will be invalidated and reported to the state with a mark of “INV.” The SAT will be invalidated and reported to the College Board. The student will receive no money back or another waiver to retake the exam and will need to register for the next sitting of the SAT, which can delay the college process.

Under all circumstances the school will follow the guidelines provided in the Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning.

Promotion Policy & Expectations

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