In Columbia County Schools, each semester is a grading period. Each semester is calculated by using the quarter grades and the semester exam. Quarters are 9 weeks long and semesters are 18 weeks long. There are 2 semesters in a school year.
40% of the semester grade comes from Q1, 40% from Q2, and 20% is the semester exam.
For math classes, each quarter grade is comprised of Formative Grades and Summative Grades.
30% of a quarter grade comes from Formative Grades. These include assignments and assessments that help guide the students in their learning. Some examples of Formative Grades are Kahoots, Quizizzes, CYU's (Check Your Understanding assignments), in class paper quizzes, and others. If the student is getting low Formative Grades, that means they need to change their approach to preparing for class. If the level of preparation is high but the resulting grades are low, the student should reach out to Mrs. Frey to get some ideas on how to better learn the material before they take the corresponding summative test. Low Formative assessments will be replaced with the corresponding Summative test result as a way to show that they mastered that material.
70% of a Quarter Grade comes from Summative Grades. These are tests that cover larger chunks of material that was already learned and assessed in the Formative category. Low Summative Test grades can be replace with the reassessment grade if it is better.