POLICY #6146.1
 
NORWICH FREE ACADEMY
GRADING AND ASSESSMENT SYSTEMS POLICY
 
 
Grading and Assessment Systems
 
Grading at the Academy is based upon the 4.0 grade point average (GPA) system. The quality point scale for grades is as follows:
 
A
4.0
C
2.0
A-
3.66
C-
1.66
B+
3.33
D+
1.33
B
3.0
D
1.0
B-
2.66
D-
0.66
C+
2.33
F
0.0
 
The Norwich Free Academy believes that the classroom teacher can make the best assessment of student progress and achievement. The unique relationship fostered between student and teacher makes possible an honest and accurate appraisal of the educational experience enjoyed by the student through a marking period, semester, or year. Every classroom teacher shall maintain an evaluation record for each student in the teacher’s classes. The teacher’s assessment includes, but is not limited to, student achievement, effort, classroom participation, satisfaction of course requirements, and attendance.
 
The highest possible level of student achievement is a common goal of both home and school. Regular communication with parents/guardians, utilizing a variety of means, regarding the academic performance of their child is essential to the accomplishment of this common goal. Report cards, progress reports, conferences, and other communication vehicles help to promote a process of continuous evaluation of student performance. It is the intention of the school and individual staff members to keep parents/guardians well informed.
 
A prompt referral shall be made to a Planning and Placement Team by the Student Study Team or by staff of all children whose progress in school is considered unsatisfactory or at a marginal level of acceptance in accordance with the requirement of RCSA Section 10-76d-7.
 
The administration shall publish a system of grading, awarding credit, establish requirements for promotion, and develop methods for reporting school achievement to parents/guardians and students. These systems and methods are subject to the approval of the Superintendent/Head of School.
 
Weighted Grades
 
The curriculum of The Norwich Free Academy contains a wide variety of courses at various levels of academic challenge. Students are allowed considerable choice and encouraged to explore various interests while striving for academic excellence. A system of grade weighting recognizes course differences and rewards students for selecting courses at more challenging levels of difficulty.
 
Grading at the Academy is based upon the 4.0 GPA system. A weighted factor of 1.2 is used for all courses designated as Advanced Placement and University of Connecticut Cooperative classes. A weighted factor of 1.1 is used for all courses designated as Honors. All other courses use a weighted factor of 1 (one).
 
Honor Roll
 
Honor roll designations are based upon semester GPA as follows:
 
Honors                        3.33 – 3.49 GPA
High honors                3.50-3.65 GPA Highest honors          3.66 GPA and above
 
Transfer grades from other schools shall be evaluated by the Director of Guidance in accordance with established criteria to determine which grades will be included in the student’s GPA.
 
Parents and students shall be advised of this policy and other requirements through The Catalogue of The Norwich Free Academy and/or The Pilot, The Norwich Free Academy Student Handbook.
 
 
 
 
 
Legal Reference:          Connecticut General Statutes Policy Adopted:           January 20, 2004
Policy Revised:             May 22, 2007
April 22, 2008
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