Calculating a Grade

Calculating a Grade

All content areas have agreed upon benchmarks that represent their essential skills and concepts.  A content or course may have three to six benchmarks depending on how they have organized their skills and concepts.  All course content is taught in the context of these skills and concepts.  Throughout the semester teachers assess and record a student’s developing mastery of these benchmarks in PowerSchool.




The teacher scores an assessment using a rubric that describes the four levels of mastery related to benchmark mastery, 4.0, 3.0, 2.0, 1.0.  Additionally, a teacher may assign a half number for added precision, 3.5, 2.5, 1.5, 0.5.  All scores are recorded in PowerSchool according to the benchmark assessed.




An individual benchmark grade is calculated in PowerSchool by averaging the summative scores for any grading period.  




The course grade is calculated by averaging the individual benchmark scores.  Click here to see the grading scale.  A running snapshot of this grade is available in PowerSchool throughout the semester.