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Grading Policies & Procedures

Grading Categories (All Japanese classes):

Assessments/Projects: 40% (2-3 per Nine Weeks Term)
Assignments: 60% (6 or more per Nine Weeks Term)

The "Assessments/Projects" category includes unit tests, and summative projects (such as longer writing assignments or presentations). All unit test dates, and project due dates, will be announced in advance in class.

The "Assignments" category includes in-class work that is graded, and quizzes. All quizzes will be announced in advance in class. Unless otherwise noted, students are allowed to use notes and resources on in-class work; however, notes and other resources are not allowed during quizzes. Homework is generally not assigned; however, students are asked to supplement their in-class study with additional review at home, and to complete any in-class work that was not finished during the lesson at home.

Late Work Policy:

Late work is defined as any assignment that is not submitted during the student's class period on the due date of the assignment (with the exception of make-up work for absences or approved school activities). A 20% deduction from the total grade earned will be taken for late assignments. Late assignments will be accepted until the end of the Nine Weeks Term. However, students are reminded that waiting until the end of the Term to complete work will NOT help them to sufficiently prepare for quizzes and unit exams.

Re-teach/Re-test Policy:

If 50% or more of the students in a class fail to demonstrate mastery on a summative assessment, the teacher will provide an opportunity for re-teaching and re-testing during class time. All students in the class will be given the opportunity for re-teach and re-test. The higher of the two grades will be recorded in the grade book.

If fewer than 50% of students in a class fail to demonstrate mastery on a summative assessment, the teacher will offer re-teaching and re-testing outside of class time during tutoring hours. The grade on the assessment will be recorded as no higher than 80 if mastery is demonstrated. If mastery is not demonstrated, the higher grade will be recorded.

Students with failing grades on quizzes will be offered re-teaching and re-testing outside of class time during tutoring hours. The grade on the quiz will be recorded as no higher than 80 if mastery is demonstrated. If mastery is not demonstrated, the higher grade will be recorded. 

Conduct Grades:

Student conduct grades will be negatively impacted by: A) acquiring excessive tardies; B) persistent misconduct, including off-task behavior, talking at inappropriate times, ignoring teacher directions, and inappropriate language/comments; C) violating the Academic Honesty Policy; and D) receiving Office Referrals.

All students begin the term with a conduct grade of "S" (Satisfactory). Students whose conduct becomes a disruption will have their parents contacted. Students whose parents are contacted about behavioral issues twice in a Nine Weeks will have their conduct grade lowered to an "N" (Needs Improvement). Students whose parents are contacted about behavioral issues three times in a Nine Weeks will have their conduct grade lowered to an "U" (Unsatisfactory).

In cases of extreme or particularly disruptive behavior resulting in an immediate Office Referral, a student may have their conduct grade lowered to an "N" or "U".

Per NEISD Semester Exam Exemptions Guidelines: if a student receives a "U" in conduct at any point during the semester, that student is automatically ineligible to reeive a Semester Exam Exemption in that course for that semester.