Grade Policy & Curriculum

Last Updated: 4/13/2020 4:52 PM

UPDATE: GRADE POLICY FOR FOURTH QUARTER 2019-2020

Two students working on computersAs we finish the year in eLearning, we want to address how students will be graded for their work.  Reporting progress and assessing learning is an important part of the learning process; however, we recognize that the significant difference in the delivery of eLearning instruction for this amount of time requires a different approach to grading.  Guidance from the Indiana Department of Education, as well as our own values that we “do no harm,” is the impetus for our approach to grading during these difficult times. Additionally, we also know that our previous deadlines for completing work doesn’t fit our current eLearning situation.  Thus, we have developed plans for how grades will be reported at the end of the term as well as when work will be due.

These are difficult times for us all.  We are in uncharted territory and our main focus is to be fair, equitable, and to do no harm.  Our goal is to come through these uniquely challenging times stronger and with a positive mindset that allows our students to take on future learning challenges with excitement and motivation.  Please remember to reach out to your school’s principal, counselor, and/or teacher with any learning or emotional needs your children may have. We are here to help.

  1. Grading and Grade Reporting 

    1. (2nd-12th grade) - Students passing a course will receive an A+ for the 4th quarter grade.  Students failing a course will receive an F.  

      1. Traditional grades (A, B, C, D, F) will be provided for assignments based on participation, completion, and accuracy. 

      2. Grades will be converted to an A+ or an F at the end of the term for reporting purposes.  For example, if a student earns a 78% on his/her end of the quarter grade, the final grade will be reported as an A+.

      3. For any student with the potential to receive a failure, the teaching team and school administration will review the student’s work prior to reporting a final grade.  

      4. Middle School students who are taking high school courses should reference the amended high school grade policy webpage.

    2. (Kindergarten & 1st grade) - Students will have standards based grading suspended.  K-1 parents will receive regular feedback from the teachers related to their eLearning work. 

  2. Work “Due” for eLearning

    1. All assignments are due no later than 8:00 AM on the following Monday from the previous week’s work.

Curriculum

Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation is a superior educational facility that provides a challenging curriculum for all students.  All students are provided with a chromebook to use in a blended learning environment.  The curriculum prepares children for challenges and opportunities - both in and out of the classroom.  Mt. Vernon teachers strive to provide a positive educational experience that is tailored to meet students' evolving stages of cognitive development.


The following is MVCSC's standard curriculum through 8th Grade:

Reading - Journeys K-8
Math - Everyday Math K-5. McGraw Hill 6th-12th
Science - Discovery Science K-8. Pearson and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 9th-12th 
Writing - Writers Workshop K-5 (Smekens)
Handwriting - Zaner-Bloser K-3 / Handwriting Without Tears K-5
Social Studies - Timelinks (McGraw Hill) 1-5.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 6th-8th. McGraw Hill 9th-12th


Mt. Vernon High School offers a wide variety of classes that engage students' interests.  
MVCSC uses the Indiana Department of Education Academic Standards as our curricular framework which can be found here.  Curricular teams of teachers have been developed by grade level and academic content areas to identify priority standards and supporting standards based from the Indiana Academic Standards.  Our curricular teams use an ongoing curriculum revision process during our scheduled delayed start Wednesday PLCs. During this time curricular teams also create common formative assessments to be used and analysed to gather data to monitor individual student academic growth to ensure all students will learn at high levels.  

MVCSC uses NWEA Testing for grades 2-10. Students are tested for growth in the fall, winter and spring.  Teachers use NWEA scores to ascertain student abilities, levels of understanding, and to help create differentiated lessons.  Teachers use with student placement and curriculum planning.

MVCSC utilizes Edmentum educational programs at all levels.  Reading Eggs is used K-5, Exact Path is used K-8, and Study Island is used K-12.  Edmentum Plato Courseware is used in grades 6-12.


Grading Scale   - PRIOR TO FOURTH QUARTER 2019-2020

 

Letter Grade Percent 4-Point Scale (for HS only)
A+ 100 4.0
A 95-99 4.0
A- 90-94 3.7
B+ 87-89 3.3
B 83-86 3.0
B- 80-82 2.7
C+ 77-79 2.3
C 73-76 2.0
C- 70-72 1.7
D+ 67-69 1.3
D 63-66 1.0
D- 60-62 .07
F 59 and below 0