Grading Scale

For each skill and learning goal in each unit of study, you will be scored using the following scale out of 10 possible points:

    • 10 = Mastery. Indicators include:
      • I understand the content/skills completely and can explain them in detail.
      • I have explained and taught the skills to another student.
      • I have high confidence on how to do the skills.
      • I can have a conversation about the skills.
      • I can independently demonstrate extensions of my knowledge.
      • I can create analogies and/or find connections between different areas within the sciences or between science and other areas of study.
      • My responses demonstrate in-depth understanding of main ideas and of related details.
    • 9 = Advanced. Indicators include:
      • I understand the content/skills and can explain them at a cursory level.
      • I have high confidence on how to do the skills.
      • I can have a conversation about the skills.
      • I can independently demonstrate extensions of my knowledge.
    • 8 = Proficient. Indicators include:
      • I understand the important things about the content/skills.
      • I have confidence on how to do the skills on my own most of the time, but I need to continue practicing some parts that still give me problems.
      • I need my handouts and notes once in a while.
      • I am proficient at describing terms and independently connecting them with concepts.
      • I understand not just the “what,” but can correctly explain the “how” and “why” of scientific processes.
      • My responses demonstrate in-depth understanding of main ideas.
    • 7 = Developing. Indicators include:
      • I have a general understanding of the content/skills, but I’m also confused about some important parts.
      • I need some help from my teacher (one-on-one or small group) to do the skills correctly
      • I do not feel confident enough to do the skills on my own
      • I need my handouts and notebook most of the time.
      • I can correctly identify concepts and/or define vocabulary; however I cannot not make connections among ideas and/or independently extend my own learning.
      • My responses demonstrate basic understanding of some main ideas, but significant information is missing.
    • 6 = Beginning. Indicators include:
      • I need some help from my teacher (one-on-one).
      • I have some confidence on how to do the skills and need more instruction.
      • I need my handouts and science notebook at all times.
      • I am just beginning to understand the concept/skills.
      • I cannot correctly identify concepts and/or define vocabulary.
      • I cannot make connections among ideas or extend the information.
      • My responses lack detail necessary to demonstrate basic understanding.
    • 5 = Struggling. Indicators include:
      • I need lots of help from my teacher (one-on-one).
      • I have no confidence in performing the skills and need considerable instruction.
      • I need my handouts and science notebook at all times.
      • I do not understand the concept/skills.
      • I cannot correctly identify concepts and/or define vocabulary.
      • I cannot make connections among ideas or extend the information.
      • My responses do not demonstrate basic understanding.
    • 0 = No Basis
      • I do not provide any responses for which a judgment can be made about my understanding.
      • I was not present or have not engaged in learning the skill.

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