Tampa Catholic High School Assessment & Grading Policy

(July 24, 2018)

1. Types of Assessments

While assessments will take many forms and types, they will be grouped under two broad categories.


Whenever a student learns new material, he or she needs time to practice and gain familiarity with the material. It is expected that the student will make mistakes during this learning process. Any work done during this learning period is considered formative. The purpose of a formative assessment is to evaluate where a student is in the learning process. Formative assessments also inform the teacher of learning areas that may need reinforcement or re-teaching.


After a student has had instruction and practice on a topic, it is then necessary to evaluate student learning relative to content standards. Summative assessments are the tool used to glean this information. Examples of summative assessments are chapter tests, project, semester exams, etc.

2. The Grade Composition

In order to represent an accurate measure of student performance, the academic semester grade needs to be based on work that is evaluated for an appropriate level of mastery of the standards. Summative assessments will therefore be the primary constituent of the semester coursework grade. They will account for 80% of the semester coursework grade. Formative assessments will account for 20% of the semester coursework grade. 

  1. All grading is done using the 100-point scale. 
  2. The lowest “earned” grade is 50. 
    1. An “earned” grade is derived from any assessment that is attempted and handed in. 
    2. An attempted assessment is one where the student has made a diligent attempt to follow the instructions and complete the assessment. This includes semester exams.
  3. Assessments not attempted or not handed in will receive zero points. 

3. Semester Grades

At the end of the semester, a semester grade is awarded. The grade is matched to a final letter grade and the corresponding quality points for the calculation of grade point averages (GPA). See the table below.

Letter Grade

Score Range

Quality Points

(GPA purposes)


90 - 100

4 points


80 - 89

3 points


70 - 79

2 points


60 - 69

1 points


50 - 59

0 points

The semester grade is calculated from the semester coursework (80%) and the semester exam (20%). Because semester exams represent a comprehensive understanding of the course material, they play the following additional role in determining the final semester grade.

A semester exam grade of one or two letter grades above the student’s semester grade prior to the exam, will improve overall achievement by one letter grade. For example, a student with a grade of C going into the semester exam who earns a B or an A on the exam will receive a B for the semester. Otherwise, the semester exam accounts for 20% of the semester grade.

4. Late Work

Late work policies support the learning process. Non-academic behaviors are not included when assessing what a student knows, understands, or is able to do. While teachers will do their best to promote punctuality and will not directly penalize academic grades for behaviors, it is fair to expect that at some point assignments should be handed in for assessment. It is also fair to expect that students should take some responsibility for handing in their work in a timely fashion as well as keeping up with the learning process. Any tardy summative work must be submitted within two weeks of the due date in order to receive credit above a 50. Teachers are under no obligation to grade late formative work for credit.


Revised: for 2018-2019 SY