Grading Policy



! Each quarter is worth 25% of the final grade with the exception of half year courses and courses culminating with Regents Exams.  During the 1st quarter only, students who are failing will receive a minimum grade of ‘50’ that will appear on the report card as a ‘50’.  This is done during the first quarter only in order to encourage the student to improve. The remaining quarters will be an exact reflection of students’ level of achievement.

! The 2nd and 3rd quarter benchmarks will be worth 15% of the quarter grade and the 4th quarter benchmark will be worth 20% of the quarter grade.  (In the case of half-year courses the first of the two-quarters will be worth 15% of the quarter grade and the second of the two quarters will be worth 20% of the quarter grade.) Regents Exams will count as 20% of the final grade, with each quarter also constituting 20% of the final grade.

! Quarter grades will also include assessments such as quizzes, unit tests, written assignments, projects, homework, and participation. 

! Benchmarks are locally developed cumulative assessments in all subject areas.  These tests are aligned with the NYS Learning Standards and assist the students/teachers in assessing academic progress. Benchmark exams prepare students to be successful on NYS Assessments/Regents exams.

! New York State Assessments will not impact student’s academic standing.  Regional Assessments may or may not affect a student’s academic standing, as determined by the Department.


All students are expected to be present in their classes everyday in accordance with New York State law.  Class participation accounts for at least 20% of each student’s quarterly grade.  Students must be prepared to do class work bringing with them a STUDENT AGENDA BOOK, NOTEBOOK, TEXTBOOK, WRITING INSTRUMENT and any ASSIGNED WORK to each class, in order to be fully prepared to participate. (CLICK TO SEE CLASS PARTICIPATION RUBRIC )

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