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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

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.