In LPS, our goal is to effectively and consistently communicate academic progress with students and parents/guardians. In order to meet this goal, LPS developed these guidelines for calculating, entering, and communicating grades. These guidelines are meant to help students and parents/guardians interpret student grades in useful ways.

Teachers, school administrators, and district curriculum specialists work together to determine how to grade and communicate students’ learning. This document describes grading practices that are common (standardized) across instruction in secondary schools. Curriculum specialists and others may provide more specific advice for teachers in other documents (i.e., curriculum specialists provide grading templates for teachers in each curriculum area via Synergy gradebook).  Ultimately, teachers design classroom assessment systems to do two things:

  • Emphasize the importance of practice and using feedback (formative assessment processes), and
  • Provide grades that clearly communicate student achievement on LPS content/skill standards (summative assessment processes). Teachers work to ensure that grades clearly communicate academic achievement and minimize the impact of other factors, such as student behavior/compliance. 

The goal of this document is to describe grading practices that are consistent across all classrooms. More detailed information about grading practices can be found on individual teacher’s Class Websites (LMS Pages) in ParentVue. 

Summative and Formative Assessments

  • Summative assessments and assignments (calculated as 80% of the overall grade)
    • Summative assessments are used to evaluate student learning (assessments OF learning), skill acquisition, and academic achievement at the conclusion of a defined instructional period.
    • Typical examples of summative assessment processes are unit tests/exams, projects, papers, and other examples of student work showing the current level of knowledge/skills. 
  • Formative assessments and assignments (calculated as 20% of the overall grade) 
    • Formative  assessments provide ongoing and timely feedback that instructors can use to modify their teaching and students can use to improve their learning (assessments FOR learning). Typically, teachers use student responses on these practice opportunities to determine what needs to be clarified or re-taught and/or students use feedback from the practice opportunity to try again (student practice). 
    • Typical examples of formative assessment processes are entry/exit tickets, discussions, individual practice, drafts of papers, additional practice items done at home or in class, short quizzes, and other processes that help students show their learning in anticipation of summative assessment events.

Grading Scale 

Synergy Gradebook uses the following scale to assign letter grades based on calculated averages:

  • 90% = A
  • 85% = B+
  • 80% = B
  • 75% = C+
  • 70% = C
  • 65% = D+
  • 60% = D
  • Below 60% = F

Synergy Gradebook Codes

Synergy Code Code Description What it means
EX Excused Used to indicate an assignment is excused and does not need to be completed. It has no effect on the grade.
M Missing Used to indicate an assignment is missing. It calculates as a zero until the assignment is turned in and graded.
INC Incomplete Used to indicate an assignment is not complete enough to score. It does not affect the grade unless the teacher enters the INC with a score. The code should be removed once the assignment is revised, and then a new grade should be entered.
Grade L Late Assignment Used to communicate timeliness/work habits. The grade is included in the overall average.
R Retaught Used to indicate that an assignment was regraded after re-teaching or re-assessing.
Blank Not Yet Assigned Used to indicate that an assignment/assessment still needs to be graded.
AB Absent Used to indicate that a student was absent while this work was completed. It calculates as a zero, but it can still be turned in for credit. It is included in missing marks/ reports.
0 (zero) No Credit Used to indicate that the student received a grade of zero/no credit. Teachers use this code carefully (and infrequently) because a grade of zero can significantly lower an overall average and misrepresent student achievement. Instead of a zero, teachers more often use the “M” code for work that hasn’t been turned in or “ INC” for work that isn’t ready to be scored yet. Teachers may have to change a grade to a zero if student work is so late that it is no longer practical or useful for students to submit it for credit.