Classwork & Homework (15%)
Graded on completion only. I do not assign homework but occassionally what is not finished in class becomes homework.
ALEKS is graded on topics mastered. Our goal for Algebra will be 470 of the 494 topics in the program.
This is by far where the majority of their class grade comes from. A chapter test is given at the end of each chapter which usually spans 2-3 weeks of class time. For all chapters, a quiz will be given midway through the chapter.
My test grading policy is pretty strict but fair. A correct answer is correct even if no work is shown. My tests are also almost always 11 questions with 10% being assigned per question. This means that no mistakes is a 110%. Two mistakes would result in a 90% and so on. My reasoning with my shorter tests is that I am trying to eradicate rushing and to also urge students to do each problem multiple times. I believe mistakes are avoidable if you know the content. Graphing calculators are allowed on every test but occasionally not on some quizzes.
For the 2021-2022 school year, I will allow students to use a 3x5 notecard on any test or quiz. They may not be shared with another student because they will be turned in with the test or quiz and returned once they are graded (usually by the next day).
Semester Final (20%)
This class with have a semester final both semesters. They are ABCD multiple choice and usually 40 questions. This is split over 2 days.