Delta High School students will earn grades on a 4-point scale. Each graded assignment will be based on state and/or national standards. A single piece of student work can target a large number of standards or it may take numerous pieces of work to target and meet a single standard. Student grades can be accessed online via Edmodo.
The following are the meanings of individual assignment grades that will be listed in PowerSchool, our electronic grading system:
Students achieving at the advanced level demonstrate greater academic performance. Advanced work indicates an in-depth understanding or exemplary display of the skills included in the Washington State standards
Students achieving at the proficient level demonstrate satisfactory academic performance. Proficient work indicates solid understanding or display of the skills included in the Washington State standards. This is accepted grade-level performance.
Students achieving at the emerging level demonstrate up and coming academic performance. Emerging students indicate a partial understanding or display of the skills included in the Washington State standards. Students achieving at this level are approaching acceptable performance but need additional instructional opportunities to achieve proficiency.
Students that are achieving at the beginning level demonstrate a clear need for additional instructional opportunities to show learning. Students achieving at the beginning level indicate little or no understanding or display of the skills included in the Washington State standards.
Students who are showing no evidence of learning demonstrate a clear need for additional instructional opportunities and learning interventions after being offered numerous opportunities to learn. An NG is also assigned for assignments which are not attempted or completed.
Final Course Grades
A student's final grade will be calculated as an average of all summative assignment grades. However, a grade may be overridden with an NG if course requirements are not met. Course requirements are set by the teacher and will be provided to the student. Students must complete all course requirements by the end of the grading period to receive credit for a course.
Final grades follow a standard scale:
A final course grade of NG earns no credit for the course. Lost credits may be retrieved through summer school or other available programs.
PowerSchool will average the grades. Please be aware that averaging is a limited view of what students are able or not able to do. A student may, for example, have 4s on six standards and have 1s on two standards. The student's "average" tells us the student has a 3.25. This 3.25, however, does not paint a clear picture that the student is really struggling on two standards and really excelling on six of them. Averages do not tell us the whole story, but they are unavoidable at this time. A student's GPA will be determined by averaging the final course grades from each class.
Late work at school, in college, and in the workforce is largely unacceptable. Students need to manage their time in a way that enables them to finish their best work on time. Therefore, assignments must be turned in on time in order to receive full credit. Late work MAY be accepted for partial credit at the discretion of the teacher, and is generally only accepted when there has been evidence of effort prior to the deadline on the part of the student.
Late work will not be accepted after the end of the grading period except in cases of extenuating circumstances, as approved by individual teachers. In these rare cases, an "Incomplete" may be given as a final course grade. Incompletes are only valid for two weeks. If course requirements are not met within the two week period, the Incomplete will become an NG and no credit will be given for the course.