School board passes new grading policy

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Enlarged School?District Board of Education unanimously approved the recommendations made by the Grading Policy Committee to start this school year that relate to final exams and late assignments.

In September, the committee reviewed and presented its suggestions on the district’s grading policy, which the school board approved in June 2012.

“One of the things we said we were going to do when we adopted the policy a year ago was we would see how it worked and come back to take a look at it after we’ve had a year’s experience with it and make some changes,” board President Richard Carlson said.

The committee recommended the district eliminate final exams in classes that include a Regents exam.

According to the meeting documents, effective this school year, Regents examination scores will be used as a final exam score and will count as one-fifth of the final course grade.

Under the previous policy, state assessments such as Regents exams were not factored into the final grade, but a final assessment could count as one-fifth of the student’s final grade.

The committee said many students were being overtested and would do better on the scaled Regents than they would on the final because there often was little time between each of the tests. They said because the Regents for a subject is aligned to the state standards, it should count as the final exam and be included in a student’s average.

“The feeling was we’re testing our kids an awful lot as it is, and to have a separate final exam in addition to a Regents in those courses seemed to be overwhelming,” Carlson said. “We can get a good measure of the students’ achievement in the course just by the Regents.”

The committee also recommended the district start penalizing students who hand in assignments late.

Committee member Sheila Autilio previously said teachers found students would wait a long time before handing in work because they were allowed to turn in the work late and not be penalized.

To address the issue, the committee suggested having assignments lose 5 percent of a grade each day up to 20 percent.

However, the district adopted a new policy that states for each school day the work is late, the student will be penalized at a rate of 5 percent of the grade per day, up to a maximum of 25 percent.