Assessments and Grading

  • As with all work completed in and out of a traditional classroom, teachers may choose to grade certain assignments, projects, activities, but not others. Similarly, online work assigned may be graded. Teachers are expected to communicate expectations for work, as well as whether an activity, project or assignment will count towards a student’s marking period grade. Parents or students who have a question about grading for a particular assignment should reach out to their teacher directly. 

K-5 Grading and Progress Report

  • Student Feedback and Third Trimester Progress Report

    Teachers will be collecting artifacts for each subject each week. Teachers will provide individual feedback to students for at least one artifact per subject each week. A third trimester progress report will be issued for all K-5 students. Due to the many variables associated with the COVID-19 school closure, indicators of progress will be based solely on PASS or NO PASS. Progress toward standards will be shown as P for PASS or NP for NO PASS.

RMS Grading Procedures

  • Radnor Middle School surveyed the other middle schools in our area, and discussed grading as a leadership team for a great deal of time. Taking several factors into consideration, a plan was developed that kept all of our students in mind.

    While we acknowledge and value the practice of assigning traditional letter grades to gauge achievement and academic progress, we must understand that this is a unique and challenging time. As a premiere middle school in Pennssylvania and the United States, we are proud to highlight the importance of learning for the sake of learning.

    We will be deemphasizing the traditional grading scale for marking period 4 and reallocating weights for each marking period to obtain a student's final average grade. Our students will not be at a competitive disadvantage by receiving a grade not included in the A-F range. By doing this, we are keeping the best interests of all of our students at heart.

    Marking Period 4

    • Students will be routinely assessed on a variation of learning assessments.
    • Teachers have discretion to assign, assess, and provide formative and summative feedback on student work throughout this time-frame as they may typically have done.
    • Students will earn a grade of “P (Pass) or NI (Needs Improvement)” for their end of marking period grade based on the work completed.
    • An end of marking period grade of “P” will be assigned based on the numerical range of a 72.6%- 100%. For final grade determination (MP1-MP4), a “P” will quantify as am "A- 90%".
    • An end of marking period grade of “NI” will be assigned based on the numerical range of a 72.5% or less. For final grade determination (MP1-MP4), a “NI” will quantify as a "C- 73%"
    • The building administration reserves the right to assign a student a grade of “F” for those who do not complete assignments/assessments/projects throughout the 4th marking period. This decision will be based on the layers of intervention that were put in place prior to discussing the possibility of the failing grade.

    Final Grading


    YEAR-LONG COURSES (Core Classes, Health/Physical Education)

    For classes that are conducted over the full school year, year-end grades calculations will be altered based on the school closure. The calculation will encompass marking period grades for marking period 1 and 2, weighted as 32.5% each, and marking periods 3 and 4, which will account for 25% and 10% respectively.

    Marking Period 1

    Marking Period 2

    Marking Period 3

    Marking Period 4
    32.5%

    32.5%

    25%

    10%


    SEMESTER-BASED COURSES (Encore, Elective Classes)

    For classes that are conducted over one-half school year, year-end grades calculations will be altered based on the school closure. Students who completed encore courses in the first semester (marking period 1 and 2), the grade earned will stand as-is.

    Marking Period 1

    Marking Period 2

    Marking Period 3

    Marking Period 4
    50%

    50%

    N/A

    N/A

    Students who are currently being instructed in semester 2 courses will earn a final grade that is anchored by the student performance in marking periods 3 and 4, each weighing 60% and 40% respectively.

    Marking Period 1

    Marking Period 2

    Marking Period 3

    Marking Period 4
    N/A

    N/A

    60%

     

    40%

RHS 4th Quarter and Final Grading Plan

  • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the high school administration, with input from all stakeholders, has developed a method of calculating fourth quarter and final grades for the 2019-2020 school year. This decision was also made after consultation with many colleges and universities, in the area and across the country, public and private, to ensure that we made the best decision for our students. Our goal is to maintain the integrity of student grades, the RHS curriculum, and the hard work of our students and teachers, while minimizing the negative effects of this pandemic to benefit our students to the greatest degree possible.

    As a result, we have constructed a modified grading system for the fourth quarter. A student’s final grade will not be negatively impacted from our online learning program as long as the student earns a passing grade for the fourth quarter.

    In addition, due to concerns with maintaining the integrity of our exams, final exams will NOT be administered at Radnor High School for the 2019-2020 school year. However, a teacher has the ability to give a summative assessment at the end of year in place of a final exam, but they are not required to do so. This decision is left to the individual teacher.

    Please see below for the COVID-19 modified grading system.

    If the student's fourth quarter grade is passing and increases their final average OR if the student's fourth quarter grade is failing it will be counted:

    FULL YEAR COURSE WITH MIDTERM


    Q1

    Q2

    Midterm

    Q3

    Q4

    27.5% 

    27.5%

    10%

     20%

     15%


     

    FULL YEAR COURSE WITHOUT MIDTERM



    Q1

    Q2

    Midterm

    Q3

    Q4

    32.5% 

    32.5%

    N/A

     20%

     15%


     

    SEMESTER COURSE



    Q1

    Q2

    Midterm

    Q3

    Q4

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    60%

    40%


    If the student's fourth quarter grade is passing, but decreases their final average, it will not count.

    FULL YEAR COURSE WITH MIDTERM



    Q1

    Q2

    Midterm

    Q3

    Q4

    35% 

    35%

    10%

     20%

    0%


     

    FULL YEAR COURSE WITHOUT MIDTERM



    Q1

    Q2

    Midterm

    Q3

    Q4

    37.5% 

    37.5%

    N/A

     25%

     0%


     

    SEMESTER COURSE

    Q1

    Q2

    Midterm

    Q3

    Q4

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    100%

    0%


    *It is important to remember that ONLY the final grade will appear on a student’s transcript. The final grade calculations outlined above are intended to benefit the students to the greatest extent possible.