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TVLA Grading Explained

High-Level Explanation of The Grading Policy:

Our grades reflect our values:

  • Cognitive skills (deep, thinking skills) are the best measure of student growth and achievement
  • Content (information) understanding is either learned or not learned and it needs to be mastered
  • Growth is the outcome we desire and therefore we should value growth and the student’s best work

Cognitive Skills are:

  • Cognitive skills are deeper learning skills that each project is built around
  • Examples of cognitive skills are:
    • Justifying/constructing an explanation
    • Identifying patterns and relationships
  • Passing Scores for cognitive skills at every grade level are as follow:
  • Grade Level

    70% (grade)

    85% (grade)

    100% (grade)

    5

    1.5

    2.5

    3.5

    6

    2

    3

    4

    7

    2.5

    3.5

    4.5

    8

    3

    4

    5

    9

    3.5

    4.5

    5.5.

    10

    4

    5

    6

    11

    4.5

    5.5.

    6.5

    12

    5

    6

    7

Content is:

  • Content is discreet pieces of information that we believe students need to know
  • Specific content is associated with each project

Every student will earn a final grade at the end of the year. Grades are calculated by the following: 70% - Cognitive Skills 21% - Focus Areas 9% - Additional Focus Areas

These grades will fall in the following range:

  • 90% and up is an A
  • 80% and up is a B
  • 70% and up is a C
  • Below 70% is an incomplete
    • We do not give “Ds” because colleges do not accept them and neither should we

A student will earn an INCOMPLETE if:

  • he/she fails to turn in 100% of projects
  • he/she fails to pass of all his/her power focus areas
  • he/she has an average cognitive skill below grade level

Incomplete grades need to be redone based on feedback. Students must have all components in place to receive a grade for a course. Semester grades will reflect a students progress at that time.