GATE Grading Explained
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Tests –40% of grade
- Tests will be given at least at the end of every unit of
study both in literature and grammar.
Quizzes – 15 % of grade
- Quizzes will be given periodically as deemed necessary to
check learning and can be either planned or “pop.”
Essays - 20 % of grade
or some other major writing project will be assigned with each unit of
study. The essays are intended to evaluate both writing ability and unit
Homework / classwork – 10 % of grade
Accelerated Reader – 15 % of
- Homework will be assigned virtually every class. Most of
the time, homework will also include completing class notes or learning logs. Students
should read a minimum of 30 minutes each school night. All homework has as
its purpose to reinforce concepts necessary to meet California educational standards for 8th
- The AR grade is broken down into three parts. Each or the
four goals is worth 1/3 of the total AR grade.
- Average book level – each book has a grade reading level.
The average level (calculated by adding the levels of all books read together
and dividing by the number of books read) should be at or above the student’s
- Average percent correct – the best reading development
happens when students are scoring 85% on average when they take AR quizzes.
- Points – students are assigned a point goal determined by
their tested reading ability. Each book has a point value determined by the
length and reading level of the book. A student will earn a percentage of the
points possible based on the score on the test. Scoring 80% results in earning
80% of the points possible. Students may earn extra credit by earning more
points than their goal.
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