Grades and Grading

Students in grades 7-12 are given final cumulative assessments at the end of each term to assess understanding of skills and content taught. Teachers are responsible for making and administering these tests based on a standard format for each core subject area. Moreover, it is encouraged to adapt elective content material into appropriate core subject examinations. Term tests allow teachers to become aware of remedial areas that can be addressed the following semester. These tests are kept on record with other pertinent schoolwork.

Academic standards are high at GPA, and new students may find that expectations are higher than at their previous schools. The grading scale at GPA is as follows:

PercentageLetterGPA
97~100A+4.33
93~96.9A4.00
90~92.9A-3.67
87~89.9B+3.33
83~86.9B3.00
80~82.9B-2.67
77~79.9C+2.33
73~76.9C2.00
70~72.9C-1.67
67~69.9D+1.33
63~66.9D1.00
60~62.9D-0.67
0~59.9F0.00

Grading Weighting

There are two types of assessment, formative and cumulative. The latter type can be approached in five different ways following Bloom’s Taxonomy as highlighted on the following pages.

Formative assessment is for learning; that is during instruction to inform the teacher if the student can demonstrate understanding of content and skills taught. Examples of formative assessment are: diagnostic quiz, paragraph, sentence, discussion, self-assessment, graphic organizer, map exercise, and a general activity. Research suggests that participation is not a formative assessment unless considered as a holistic score based on common organizational and preparedness skills expected in all classrooms. A formative assessment is not graded.

All teachers are expected to give a minimum of six (6) minor cumulative assessments and three (3) major cumulative assessments each term for all students regardless of grade level, for a 2:1 ratio.

Students in grades 9-12 are already designated to be given two major cumulative assessments for each term, one in the middle and at the end, to assess understanding of skills and content taught. It is left to the discretion of middle school teachers to determine the assessment type to give students in grades 7-8 for both the mid-term and end-of-term.

Teachers are responsible for making and administering end-of-term tests based on a standard format for each core subject area, which includes items found in the two boxes below:

Assessment Approaches

Selected ResponseConstructed ResponseProductPerformanceProcess-focused
  • Multiple Choice

  • True/False

  • Matching

  • Identification

  • Vocabulary

  • Timeline

  • Fill in the blank

  • Label a diagram

  • Concept map

  • Figurative representation

  • Short answer response

  • Art work

  • Exhibition

  • Portfolio

  • Recording

  • Video

  • Journaling

  • Poem

  • Story

  • Essay

  • Research report

  • Written critique

  • Presentation

  • Performance - dance, musical, dramatic

  • Oral critique

  • Debate

  • Oral questioning

  • Oral critique

  • Interview

  • Likert-type scale

  • Process folio

  • Observation

  • Think Aloud

  • Participation

Bloom’s Taxonomy Assessment Approaches

Knowledge and ComprehensionSelected Response
Application or AnalysisSelected or Constructed Responses – but needs stimuli to increase validity
Synthesis or EvaluationConstructed Response
CreativityProduct or Performance plus Selected Response
Behavior, Attitude, or FeelingsProcess-Focused – graded or ungraded

Departmental Common Assessment Criteria

Weighting: Formative and cumulative assessment and assigning worth to course work done over a term is a difficult decision for many teachers here and elsewhere. Therefore, GPA provides a common framework expected from all teachers in all grade levels and classes.

Social Studies
Grades 9-12Grades 7-8

  • Final Exam: 20%

  • Chapter or Unit Tests: 25%

  • Projects/Presentations/Essays/Reports: 25%

  • Quizzes: 20%

  • Participation/Classwork/Homework: 10%


  • Final Exam: 10%

  • Chapter or Unit Tests: 25%

  • Projects/Presentations/Essays/Reports: 25%

  • Quizzes: 30%

  • Participation/Classwork/Homework: 10%

Visual Arts
Grades 9-12Grades 7-8

  • Projects: 55%

  • Participation: 25%

  • Sketchbook: 10%

  • Tests: 10%


  • Projects: 55%

  • Participation: 25%

  • Sketchbook: 10%

  • Tests: 10%

Performing Arts
Grades 9-12Grades 7-8

  • Recitals: 25%

  • Tests: 25%

  • Rehearsals: 25%

  • Assignments: 25


  • Recitals: 25%

  • Tests: 25%

  • Rehearsals: 25%

  • Assignments: 25

Mathematics
Grades 9-12Grades 7-8

  • Final Exam: 20%

  • Chapter Tests: 35%

  • Quizzes: 15%

  • Project-based Learning: 10%

  • Homework: 10%

  • Classwork: 5%

  • Participation: 5%


  • Final Exam: 15%

  • Chapter Tests: 30%

  • Quizzes: 25%

  • Project-based Learning: 10%

  • Homework: 10%

  • Classwork: 5%

  • Participation: 5%

Language Arts
Grades 9-12Grades 7-8

  • Final Exam: 20%

  • Chapter or Unit Tests: 25%

  • Projects/Presentations/Essays/Reports: 25%

  • Quizzes: 20%

  • Participation/Classwork/Homework: 10%


  • Final Exam: 10%

  • Chapter or Unit Tests: 25%

  • Projects/Presentations/Essays/Reports: 25%

  • Quizzes: 30%

  • Participation/Classwork/Homework: 10%

Science
Grades 9-12Grades 7-8

  • Final Exam: 20%

  • Chapter or Unit Tests: 20%

  • Projects/Reports: 25%

  • Quizzes/Assignments: 15%

  • Science Fair: 10% (if applicable)


  • Final Exam: 20%

  • Chapter or Unit Tests: 20%

  • Projects/Reports: 25%

  • Quizzes/Assignments: 15%

  • Science Fair: 10% (if applicable)

World Language
Grades 9-12Grades 7-8

  • Final Exam: 20%

  • Chapter or Unit Tests: 25%

  • Projects/Presentations/Essays/Reports: 25%

  • Quizzes: 20%

  • Participation/Classwork/Homework: 10%

Not applicable
Technology
Grades 9-12Grades 7-8

  • Final Exam: 20%

  • Chapter or Unit Tests: 25%

  • Projects/Presentations/Essays/Reports: 25%

  • Quizzes: 20%

  • Participation/Classwork/Homework: 10%


  • Final Exam: 10%

  • Chapter or Unit Tests: 25%

  • Projects/Presentations/Essays/Reports: 25%

  • Quizzes: 30%

  • Participation/Classwork/Homework: 10%