The High School for Community Leadership
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Academic Grading Policy
In accordance with the New York City Department of Education Academic Policy Guide, the awarding of high school credits for coursework is determined by mastery of course content. At The High School for Community Leadership, all credit-bearing courses are aligned to high school level commencement standards. Additionally, all full credit (1 Credit) courses are programmed to include a minimum of 54 hours of instructional time throughout each semester. Half-credit (.5 Credit) courses are programmed to include a minimum of 27 hours of instructional time during a given semester.
In an effort to periodically communicate students’ progress towards mastery of course content both to students and families, each academic semester is divided into three Marking Periods with an approximate duration of six weeks each. At the conclusion of each Marking Period, students receive an interim grade reflected in a Report Card, which serves as a notice of their current academic standing within a given course of study.
Final grades, which are given at the conclusion of each semester, are determined by a variety of criteria:
• Demonstrated mastery of course content through coursework, including exams, quizzes, projects, homework, research papers, performance tasks, etc.
• Demonstrated mastery of course content through final exams and/or culminating projects
The grading scale for each course must be included on the corresponding course syllabus, which is distributed to each student and family at the beginning of the semester.
Missed, Incomplete or Substandard Work
Students must complete assigned coursework to demonstrate mastery of content. Teachers will provide students with opportunities to ‘make-up’ missed coursework or alternate assignments that allow students to develop skills and demonstrate content and skill mastery. Teachers are expected to allot a rational amount of time for the completion of missed or alternate work assignments. Students must complete said assignments within the time period determined by the teacher. ‘End of semester’ extensions for coursework will be granted to students for a period of no more than 72 hours after the
conclusion of the semester. To be eligible, students must meet with the corresponding teacher and guidance counselor to discuss the specific requirements and expectations for the coursework assigned as part of the extension. The parent or guardian of the student must also be informed that an extension has been granted as well as the criteria for completion of the corresponding coursework. Students that show effort but repeatedly submit substandard work will be given opportunities to demonstrate progress towards and achievement of content mastery through alternate means. The teacher should consult with Administration and Guidance staff for assistance in determining what types of coursework may be provided in these cases.
Attendance and Course Credit
The NYCDOE High School Academic Policy Guide (April, 2015) states:
“While credit-bearing courses must provide the opportunity for 54 hours per credit, a student may miss instructional time or move through the coursework more quickly without having to make up the instructional time. Schools may not withhold credit from students who have mastered the course content and achieved the expectations in the course syllabus but missed instructional time.”
As such, while regular attendance is encouraged to support student mastery of course content, attendance may not be used as a factor in determining failing course grades. Teachers should consult with Administration and Guidance staff for assistance in cases of chronic student absence.
Behavior and Course Credit
Behavior shall not be used as a determining factor in the awarding of credit for coursework.
Grade Appeals for Failing Grades
In cases in which a student or parent on their behalf appeals a failing grade issued by a teacher, a committee shall be formed consisting of a licensed teacher from the corresponding subject area, a guidance counselor and an administrator. The committee will make all determinations based on the quality of the work submitted as well as the student’s ability and efforts to demonstrate mastery of course work. The committee may determine that additional or alternate coursework/assignments be provided to support any change of grade as well as an appropriate timeframe for the completion of said coursework. Grade appeals cannot be made for passing grades.
Non Traditional Grades
• Incompletes: Schools may award a grade of Incomplete (“NX”) if a student has a documented, extreme extenuating circumstance that prevents him/her from completing the course in its established timeframe (e.g., surgery, death in the family). A student who receives an incomplete must successfully complete remaining course requirements by the end of the semester following the termination of the course in order to receive a final grade and credit, as applicable. “NX” does not have a pass/fail or a numeric equivalent.
• New or Recently Admitted Students: Students who enroll in a course after it has started may have missed assignments or assessments needed to generate a complete course grade for a given marking period. These students may be given a grade of “NL” in STARS to indicate this circumstance. NL does not have a pass/fail or numeric equivalent. Students who receive a grade of NL must successfully complete remaining course requirements by the end of the semester following the termination of the course in order to receive a final grade and credit, as applicable.
• No Show: A grade of “NS” is given to a student who fails to attend a course and does not participate in any of the work from which a grade can be derived. NS has a pass/fail equivalent of fail and a default numeric equivalent of 45.69
Transcript Updating Procedures
TRANSCRIPT UPDATES Schools must maintain procedures for keeping student transcripts up to date to ensure that students are programmed for needed courses to support accurate tracking of student progress towards meeting diploma requirements. All transcript updates must be completed in accordance with the policies listed below and supported by back-up.
Reasons for making transcript updates are as follows:
• Adding a new grade:
o Transfer credits, in accordance with the policies outlined in the section on Transfer Credit;
o Credit-by-examination, in accordance with the policies outlined in the section on Credit by Examination of NYC Dept. of Education Academic Policy ; or
o Participation in PSAL or other school-based or out-of-school team or club for PE course credit, in accordance with the policies outlined in Required Credits section of NYC Dept. of Education Academic Policy.
• Changing an existing grade (beginning in the 2012–13 school year, transcript updates to change an existing grade from a prior school year will include additional system restrictions to reflect the reason for the transcript update):
o Teacher error calculating student’s final grade, in accordance with the course’s grading policy;
o Principal override, in accordance with CSA and UFT contracts. A teacher must be notified in writing of any principal override of his or her final course grades; or
o Updating a grade of Incomplete (NX) or Recent Admit (NL) to a final grade, per the policies outlined in Student Records Retention and Transfer.
• Adding an examination outcome:
o NYSED-approved alternative assessments (see appendix B);
o Regents exam waiver, in accordance with NYSED policy (see Regents Exam Waivers); o Regents exam score a student completed at a non-NYCDOE school in New York State; or
o Performance-based assessment tasks for schools with State approval
New York City Department of Education Academic Policy