Grading Policy for Grade 8 ELA


    Statement of Expectation:

    WE expect….that all students be active and independent learners with an interest in their own success.  We strive to promote learning that produces critical thinkers, problem solvers, academic risk takers and effective communicators.  We do this through rigorous reading and writing tasks and assessments.

    We believe….the purpose of grading is to provide an assessment of student progress, mastery, and needs.  It is felt that the most effective tool for assessment is independent growth.  This growth may be evaluated through diagnostic means, formative assessments, summative assessments, rubrics, observation, parallel tasks, classwork, and participation.  Our students will begin to self-assess and have a better understanding of their own learning, progress, and overall reading and writing habits. 

    We feel… we have taken great collaborative strides as a district to ensure that our grading policy is fair and just for all students across grade levels.  However, it is also based on student engagement in and out of the classroom.


    Grading & Homework Assignment Guidelines

    • Final grade is calculated by PowerSchool for each weighted task.
    • Rubrics, when used, are converted to points for PowerSchool. 
    • This grading policy will be explained at parent/student orientation, posted on teacher websites, given to the students, and reviewed at parent conferences as needed.

    **ELA NYS Common Core Standards, Curriculum, Philosophy, overall class structure, and daily assignments are DEPENDENT ON STUDENT INVOLVEMENT AND ENGAGEMENT. 




    Frequency of Evaluation

    Evaluation  method



    • Independent Reading
    • Reading Responses in Notebook
    • Unit Homework







    Independent Reading



    (as needed)


    Will be assessed upon Completion, Volume, and Variety using our classroom rubric



    Assessment (minimum of 2)

    • Benchmarks
    • Summative Assessments
    • Book Shares
    • Quizzes








    Will be assessed upon CCLS, comprehension, and using our classroom and NYS rubrics




    Writing Pieces (minimum of 2)

    • Published Writing Piece
    • Research
    • Anticipatory Set – Writing Pieces
    • On-Demand, Independent Reading Summaries








    Will be assessed on the writing process and the final product using our classroom and NYS rubrics




    • Daily preparation and participation for class
    • Classroom engagement
    • Daily writing tasks
    • Unit Workbook Completion
    • Grammar Practice






    Will be assessed on Behaviors, Teacher Observation, & Preparedness using our classroom rubric





    Final exam will count for 1/5 of student’s final grade


    Culminating Tasks during Final Exam Week


    Will be assessed using

    NYS Rubric

Last Modified on August 14, 2018