Unified Assessment Policy

Langston Hughes Middle School Unified Assessment Policy

As an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP) school, we will explore the curriculum through 16 key concepts and through 6 global contexts.

KEY CONCEPTSpowerful abstract ideas that have interconnections and overlapping concerns.

  • Aesthetics
  • Change
  • Communication
  • Communities
  • Connections
  • Creativity
  • Culture
  • Development
  • Form
  • Gobal Interactions
  • Identity
  • Logic
  • Perspective
  • Relationships
  • Time, Place, and Space
  • Systems

AESTHETICS

Change

COMMUNICATION

COMMUNITIES

CONNECTIONS

CREATIVITY

CULTURE

DEVELOPMENT

FORM

 

GLOBAL INTERACTIONS

IDENTITY

LOGIC

PERSPECTIVE

 

RELATIONSHIPS

 

TIME, PLACE AND SPACE

SYSTEMS

 

 

GLOBAL CONTEXTS shared starting points for inquiry into what it means to be internationally-minded, framing a curriculum that promotes multiculturalism, intercultural understanding and global engagement.

FAIRNESS AND DEVELOPMENT

GLOBALIZATION AND SUSTAINABILITY

IDENTITIES AND RELATIONSHIPS

ORIENTATION IN TIME AND SPACE

PERSONAL AND CULTURAL EXPRESSION

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL INNOVATION

 

Grading & Assessment

A student’s grade shall communicate academic performance: what the student knows and is able to do as measured against the learning standards of the course and IB MYP subject specific objectives.  All students will be assessed using IB MYP assessment criteria throughout the course of the year. Task-specific rubrics for assessments will be provided to students at the time the task is assigned.

 

Mastery Learning Policy

Mastery learning guides our assessment reporting policy.  Mastery learning means that a student can demonstrate a full understanding and application of learned concepts and skills.  It is recognized that learning may take more than one attempt. All students with an average between 89-80 may have the opportunity to retake summative assessments/projects, but students receiving 79% or below must retake them.  Students will have one opportunity to retake, and they must complete it within one week of the original test date.  All projects, summative assessments and IB tasks grades beneath a 50% are recorded as a 50%.

 

Homework and Classwork Policy

We believe that homework and classwork is a necessary part of the learning process. If homework or classwork is not completed, a student cannot be prepared for the class. Therefore, if a student fails to complete a homework or classwork assignment by the due date, the student will receive a 0/F on that assignment with no opportunity to make up the assignment.

 

Late Work Policy for Summative Assessments and Projects

All assignments must be completed to assess accurately what a student knows and is able to do in order to give descriptive feedback to every student. Each department will outline the requirements for turning in late summative assessments and projects.  There will be a 10% penalty for any summative assessments and projects turned in late, regardless of how late it is.  The last opportunity to turn in late work will be one week from the original due date. No credit will be given for work submitted after the deadline.

 

Attendance & Makeup Work Policy

Students are fully responsible for completing any missed assignments when they are absent.  One day of absence affords one day of makeup work opportunity. If students are absent and unexcused, they may not earn credit for classroom activities or labs missed as a result.  Students may choose to make up work following unexcused absences and teachers may help the student and parent or guardian to identify missed work, but teachers are not obligated to provide makeup work.  Make up work is encouraged so that students will profit from future instruction.

Online Resource Information

Students are assigned a Blackboard (FCPS 24-7 Learning) site for each course in which they are enrolled. Teachers use the Blackboard site to post assignments and other resources they deem necessary.   Links to the Blackboard site are available on the LHMS website and the FCPS homepage. Students are also assigned a secure account through FCPS Google Apps.  Teachers may require students to use this account for collaborating and completing school assignments.  More information can be found on the LHMS website.

 

Academic Integrity

There will be no tolerance for cheating or plagiarism in any form. Cheating is giving or receiving unauthorized aid on any assignment.  Plagiarism is using another student’s work with or without his/her permission, copying material off of the internet, having a tutor correct or rewrite an assignment for you, or using a source in a paper or project without giving proper credit.  The student’s parent and administrator will be notified if cheating or plagiarism occurs. The student must complete the assignment and will receive a two-grade penalty for cheating (e.g., if the student receives a B on the assignment, it will be recorded as a D).