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Outcomes Based Grading

Outcomes Based Grading Policy

Students grades in the past may have been based on completion of assignments (classwork and homework), class participation, engagement in class, formal assessments such as tests, exams, as well as projects and overall effort. These are still extremely important habits and ways to assess student learning. However, in order to prepare our students better for college and the 21st-century careers, we have implemented Outcomes Based Grading. Students grades are based on their ability to think at higher levels about subject content based on Bloom's Taxonomy. Students participate more in assessing the quality of their work and making needed improvement.  This a mastery approach to grading that gives students the opportunity to improve the quality of their work over time.

For each class, students will be expected to master 10 outcomes per cycle. To earn a credit for a course, a student must achieve a minimum level of Capable "C" in 7 of 10 outcomes. If students achieve less than 7 outcomes, they may have the opportunity to continue to work on improving the outcomes where they fell short. A student receives an Insufficient grade "I" for not submitting required assignments. A grade of Emerging "E" is the first grading level of achievement while  Advanced "A" and Mastery "M" are the highest (see Outcomes Based Grading Scale).

Students at NQCHS receive their report cards at the end of each cycle (Trimester). 






NORTH QUEENS COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

SUMMARY OF GRADING POLICY

 

A student receives the indicator notation Insufficient or "I" for not submitting required assignments. A grade of Emerging or "E" is the lowest grading level of achievement while Advanced "A" and Mastery "M" are the highest levels.

 

Outcomes Based/ Mastery Grading Levels

 

GRADE

LETTER

PERFORMANCE LEVEL

 

ADVANCED/MASTERY

 

A/M

The student can evaluate, justify, and prioritize important concepts or situations; and recommend the best solution or course of action supported by evidence. (Advanced)

The student can hypothesize, design, and formulate solutions to complex problems. (Mastery)

 

PROFICIENT

P

The student can categorize, compare and contrast, make evidence-based inferences, and provide an analysis of complex situations. 

 

CAPABLE

C

The student can solve problems, use facts to make reasonable predictions, and apply new concepts appropriately.

DEVELOPING

D

The student can paraphrase, describe and summarize information. 

 

EMERGING

E

The student can recall, identify and record information.

INCOMPLETE EVIDENCE

I

The student provided insufficient evidence for determining a grade.

 

 

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