How will I be graded? 

Summative Assessments

Summative assessments include, but are not limited to, major projects, quizzes, essays, and in-class projects. Long term assignments will be graded based solely on the learning demonstrated. However, a separate grade measuring responsibility will be impacted by work submitted after the due date.  See Grading Policy for more detail. 

Formative Assessments: Homework 

Formative assessments are what we traditionally think of as homework, but are really a form of practice.  The practice in this class is intended to help you be successful in the situations that really count (the summative assessments). And, like in sports, music, and life, the practice and preparation (and subsequent feedback received) will significantly affect how you succeed.

Formative assessments may include: reading, writing, researching, brainstorming questions, studying for summative assessments, handouts, vocabulary, warm up checks, etc. Students should expect an average of 2-3 hours of homework over the course of a 7-day week in standard level courses and approximately 5 hours per week in AP courses.  Please note that this is an approximate average.

Ultimately, what is traditionally viewed as “homework” will contribute to 5% of your final grade in World Studies and Topics in World Studies. This means that students who typically rely on homework to boost their grade will be out of luck. At the same time, students who choose not to complete their homework will face significant challenges in completing the summative assignments we do have

Last but not least, there will be no homework assigned over weekends or vacations (with rare exceptions due to inclement weather or other atypical interruptions to our school day) in standard level courses.  However, if a student has not completed an assignment on time, weekends and vacations may be utilized until that student has become current in his or her course work. 

AP courses will have homework assigned over weekends and breaks. 

Contact Ms. Given with questions or concerns about these policies.

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