Briar Woods High School World Languages and Cultures Department 

    Grading and Assessment Guidelines

    2021-2022 School Year


    Grading and Assessment Overview


    According to School Board Policy 5030, the student gradebook must be comprised of the following types of assessments:


    Formal Formative:  Assessments that serve to provide feedback on a student's progress and are included in the grade book, but they are not factored into a student’s overall average.


    Minor Summative: Assignments that serve to assess a student’s progress on specific standards and are included in the calculation of the student’s overall average. These minor summative assessments must count for less than 10% each of the quarter grade (could include homework if linked to content and accuracy), for a total of not more than 25% of the quarter grade. 


    Major Summative: Assignments that serve to assess a student’s progress on overarching skills and standards and are included in the calculation of the student’s overall average. Each of these assessments must count for 10% - 20% of the quarter grade. The total of all major summative assessments must comprise at least 75% of the student’s quarter grade. 


    Grading and Assessment Guidelines relating to Work Completion


    Student Expectations:



    • Work is expected to be completed to the best of their ability and turned in on time. 
    • Scores on summatives grades are scored up to the maximum percentages listed*:
    • 100% turned in on time
    • 90% turned in one class session late from the posted due date
    • 80% turned in between two class sessions late and four class sessions late from the posted due date
    • Late work beyond the four class session periods will be accepted for a grade no lower than 50%, provided reasonable effort has been given.
    • Late work, for that quarter, will be accepted up until the last week of the quarter.*
    • *Exceptions will be made for extenuating circumstances at the teacher’s discretion. If you have concerns about being able to turn in your work on time, please contact your teacher to let them know. They will work to support you.  
    • If you will still be unable to complete the assignment with the extra two class periods, speak to your teacher and make arrangements for support.
    • After two (2) late assignments, a conversation involving a student support team comprised of the student, teacher, parent, counselor, and administrator [if necessary] will be had to discuss interventions and student supports. If interventions and supports are unsuccessful, the student support team may make other recommendations up to and including no longer accepting late work. This two (2) assignment limit resets at the end of the quarter.
    • Floor Grade: a floor grade of 50% will be given if a student makes a reasonable effort to complete the assignment.
    • Reasonable effort is defined as thoughtfully attempting to complete at least 50% of the assignment
    • A student may earn a grade less than 50% if no reasonable effort is made
    • Teachers will use the “R” code in StudentVUE/ParentVUE to reflect the floor grade if a student earns less than a 50%. This change will be completed at the end of each quarter. 



    Teacher Expectations:



    • Teachers are expected to record in Schoology whether or not an assignment was turned in on the day an assignment is due.
    • Teachers will use the notes section of the grade book to communicate when an assignment was initially due and when that late assignment is submitted. 
    • Teacher will use grade book comment codes in Schoology to communicate when an assignment is:
    • Excused (X)
    • Incomplete (I)
    • Missing  (Z)


    Grading and Assessment Guidelines relating to Reassessment


    Student Expectations:



    • Students are expected to be prepared and to do their very best on every assessment administered. 
    • If a student would like a reassessment, they must schedule a time to meet with the teacher to discuss remediation, if necessary, and student illustration of learning before a reassessment will be scheduled.
    • These meetings should take place during a teacher’s established office hours (or by appointment if necessary)
    • Reassessments must take place within 10 school days from when the initial grade is posted
    • Failure to meet the requirements for remediation or reassessment will void the student's request for reassessment.
    • Students are allotted up to two (2) reassessments per quarter.
    • Students may only take one reassessment per assignment 
    • Students may only complete a reassessment on major summative assignments.
    • No reassessment may earn a score higher than 80%, but the student will receive the higher of the two grades. 



    Teacher Expectations:



    • Teachers are expected to enter grades in a timely fashion: within six (6) school days of receiving the assignment. 
    • Lengthy assignments like essays and projects may take longer, but this information should be communicated with all parties.
    • Teachers will use the notes section in the Schoology grade book to communicate when a reassessment is given. They should list the date of the reassessment and the original score earned.



    Grading and Assessment Guidelines relating to Academic Dishonesty


    Academic Dishonesty:


    Students are expected to perform honestly on schoolwork and tests. Any student who turns in work that is not their own as their own from whatever source, or who assists or gives their work to another student will receive a consequence aligned with the LCPS disciplinary guidelines as described in the Students Rights and Responsibilities Guide and LCPS Policy 8215, In-School Disciplinary Measures. 


    If dishonestly is determined, students must complete an alternate summative assessment to demonstrate learning. An academic recovery plan will be created for the counselor, administrator, teacher, parent, and student. Any academic recovery plan may include a parent-teacher conference, retaking the assessment, an alternative assessment, a lowering of the grade, or receiving a failing grade. 


    Student Responsibilities:


    The following actions are prohibited:


    • Cheating on a test or assigned work by giving, receiving, offering and/or soliciting information.
    • Plagiarizing by copying the language, structure, idea and/or thoughts of another.
    • Falsifying statements on any assigned schoolwork, test, or other school documents. 
    • Using a translator service, or any unauthorized resources, to complete assignments



    Teacher Responsibilities:


    The following actions should be taken:


    • Clearly define expectations regarding collaborative and independent work.
    • Reinforce behavioral expectations regarding dishonesty in assigned work.
    • Provide feedback throughout the learning process or the assignment timeline.
    • Take reasonable actions to maintain assessment and test security.





    List of World Languages and Cultures faculty:


    American Sign Language: Nicole Warnock

    Chinese 1-4H: Lin Zhao

    French 2 and 3: Calandra Jackson

    French 1, 4H, 5H, 6/AP: Anne Niemann

    German 1-6/AP: Yuki Gibson

    Latin 1-6/AP: Michelle Lindo

    Spanish 2: Shannon Stryker

    Spanish 1, 3 and 4H: Darryl Traynham

    Spanish 3, SFS1, SFS2, SFS3: Annette Montecalvo

    Spanish 3 and 5H: Lourdes Lelo

    Department Chair, Spanish 2, 4H and 6/AP: Tammy Celis


    Please see individual teacher pages for more specific information regarding their classes and schedules.