LT Vision for Grading
The grading system at Lyons Township High School is consistent throughout the school, equitable and fair to all students, and reflective of student performance.
Consistent grading practices ensure that a grade communicates a student’s level of achievement toward identified learning objectives at a point in time. This means:
- A grade must reflect growth and learning
- A grade must value knowledge and understanding.
- A grade must provide a road map for success.
- A grade must not include behavior or soft skills.
- A grade must not measure effort, punctuality or attendance.
- A grade must not reward or punish a student for participation.
- A grade must not measure personal organization or executive functioning.
- A grade must not “give” points for extra credit or compliance.
Common Grading Practices at LTHS:
- A common syllabus is used by all teachers of the same course.
- A common gradebook is used by all teachers of the same course.
- Practice is not included in semester grades.
- Practice should be completed as it directly impacts student performance on summative assessments.
- A teacher cannot give a student meaningful feedback without seeing a student’s practice.
- “M” grades are used to indicate late and missing work in the Infinite Campus gradebook.
- Attendance is excluded from the academic grade.
- Students receive individual grades for work completed in groups. Group grades are not applied.
- Extra credit is not given.
- In all courses, assessments of the learning objectives counted as part of the achievement grade can be retaken or revised at least once without penalty or restrictions on the grade.
A presentation to the Curriculum Committee of the Board of Education provided the research, surveys, grade analysis and supports that went into the development of a change in grading practices. The slides for that presentation can be found here: Grading to Communicate Learning: Update for the LTHS Curriculum Committee November 10, 2020
For a more detailed explanation of the grading practices, please watch the video:
Additional information can be found in the Academic Program Guide, page 14: Academic Grading System