Course Grading Policy 2012-13

Dear Parent or Guardian,

As part of the Oak Harbor High School Science Department’s efforts to provide the highest quality science education and to empower students in their learning, we are using a grading system which may differ slightly from those you have seen before. Outlined below are some of the aspects of the grading system that may be new to you and your student. Please read the following brief explanation and talk with your student about the details.

Standards-based grading

Your student’s grade in science will be based mostly on their ability to show that they understand each of the specific state science standards addressed in the class. Throughout the quarter, students will engage in a variety of learning activities to improve their understanding of each standard. Keep an eye on this grade by logging into Skyward Family Access, as it will give you a good idea of how your student’s effort translates into success in the course.

Missing or incomplete work

Students are expected to keep up with the class, turn in all assigned work, and complete all assessments. Students are allowed to complete missing assignments and retake assessments when available to show that they have learned the topics. Re-takes and make-ups must be scheduled for before or after school.

The bottom line

The purpose of all this is to give students power over their own learning and encourage them to work hard and do their very best to learn the material. Because such a large percent of the grade is based directly on understanding standards, students can focus only on that goal, without being distracted by a bunch of factors that aren’t related to learning science. With this system, it’s almost never too late to earn an “A” in the class. All a student has to do is show that they have fully learned the science standards.

Please feel free to call or email me about this grading system or any other aspect of his or her science class or education. We look forward to working with you to help your student reach their maximum potential this year and in the future.


Science Department

Bill Rick
Oak Harbor High School - Rm B118
950 NW 2nd Ave. Oak Harbor, WA 98277