Earth Science Grading Policy (COVID-19 Edition)
The Nine Weeks Grade
Objectives for each nine weeks grading period are based on specific science units. Evaluations and resulting grades are derived from a variety of sources.
Practice/Participation Grades = 10%
- Discussions – Discussions will be posted on Canvas along with instructions, due dates, and even supplementary materials like videos or articles. Students will be required to engage in discussions appropriately and on time in order to earn practice/participation credit.
Minor Grades = 40%
- Classwork – Students will be required to complete all classwork within the time limits set by the teacher. Classwork assignments may be posted on days when students are in class (face to face) as well as on days when they are at home (virtual). Due dates will be set by the teacher.
Major Grades = 50%
- Quizzes – Open notes quizzes will take place after each topic has been covered (example: weathering and erosion). They will be posted on Canvas and students will have the option to retake each quiz once. If a student retakes a quiz, his or her final score will be the average of the two attempts.
- Projects – Research-oriented group projects will occasionally be assigned. The teacher will provide the topics and rubrics for the projects and student groups will determine what they would specifically like to research.
Other Information to Consider
- Final Exam – Since Earth science students take an SOL test at the end of the semester, a final exam is not mandatory. However, a student may take the final exam in an attempt to improve his or her course grade. The final exam cannot lower a student’s course grade.
- Extra Credit – Individual extra credit opportunities will not be granted. Opportunities will be provided for the entire class to improve upon grades. It is important that you do all the work assigned and that you do it to the best of your ability!