"Rolling Grades" & New Research Paper Rubric

Hello Parents and Students,

As you use the Parent Portal for PowerSchool to monitor English grades during the 2018-19 school year, please be aware that our department does not use the "traditional" grading method of averaging first and second nine-weeks grades together with the exam score to calculate a final or F1 grade. We hope this change will make it easier for you to understand our expectations and a student's growth over the semester. We call our grading process "rolling grades." To put it simply, with rolling grades only the F1 grade matters.

Across the department, we've agreed upon the grade weights represented in the chart below. Although quarter grades can help reveal short term trends in a student's performance, you will see thatquarter grades do not figure into final grades at all. Instead, a student's work goes into one of the percentage categories shown in the chart below, and grades in each category "keep rolling" through to the final calculation at the very end of the semester.

  • English 9

    • 25% NCFE

    • 10% Final Research Paper

    • 40% Formative

    • 25% Summative

  • English 10

    • 25% EOC

    • 10% Final Research Paper

    • 30% Formative

    • 35% Summative

  • English 11

    • 25% NCFE

    • 10% Final Research Paper

    • 25% Formative

    • 40% Summative

  • English 12

    • 25% NCFE

    • 10% Portfolio

    • 2.5% Presentation

    • 7.5% Paper

    • 15% Formative

    • 40% Summative

English teachers use their professional discretion to categorize and weigh all work. They publicize that information on their websites, shared documents, parent brochures, etc. If you cannot access that information, please contact the teacher directly using the links near the top of this page.

Research Paper
The current English 11-12 research paper rubric can be found Here. There is an adapted version for 9th and 10th graders. This link shows how the criteria on the rubric align with our expectations for students' reading and writing skills.

Mtable> Eng 9: 3-5 pages Eng 10: 4-7 pages Eng 11&12: 5-10 pages

We are excited to use grading practices and the Senior Paper rubric to encourage students to keep learning and growing until finishing a course. Please contact me or any of the other English teachers if you have questions.

Katie Reinhart, MAT
English Department Chair

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