Middle and high school teachers use the online grading and learning management system Haiku that parents and students are able to access. The Upper School grading policy evaluates student performance and achievement on an A to F scale with pluses and minuses as defined below. Students receiving a D or F in any subject are placed on academic probation.
Letter grades are defined as:
A Consistent and exceptional performance and achievement in all areas of the course (A = 4.0, A- = 3.67). OHS does not award an A+.
B Commended performance and achievement in all areas of the course (B+ = 3.33, B = 3.0, B- = 2.67).
C Average performance and achievement in all areas of the course (C+ = 2.33, C = 2.0,
C- A grade of C- is our minimal college-recommending grade (C- = 1.67).
D A grade of D is not considered passing at Oak Hill School—it does not demonstrate a student has a command of the subject matter, nor is it college- recommending. Students receiving a D may be required to repeat the class.
F Failure to meet the minimum requirement of the course (F = 0.0).
I Insufficient work completed for the course or incomplete work (I – 0.0). Incomplete grades must be approved in advance by the Dean.
Letter Grade Percentages
93%-100% = A 90%-92% = A-
87%-89% = B+ 83%-86% = B 80%-82% = B-
77%-79% = C+ 73%-76% = C 70%-72% = C-
60%-69% = D 0-59% = F
Twice a year, parents are invited to meet with teachers concerning their student’s progress in school. Conferences are offered in the afternoon on Thursday and all day Friday. Additional conferences may be arranged at any time. Upper school faculty or parents may request that students participate in these meetings.
What is MAP?
MAP, or Measures of Academic Progress, contains four tests (Language Usage, Mathematics, Reading, and Science) aligned to the Common Core State Standards, nationally normed and spans grades K-12. The test is computer-adaptive, which means that students get harder or easier questions based on their response to previous questions. The test is not timed and students will finish at different times based on when their “ability” score has been determined. Oak Hill students take the full test (4 sections) at the beginning of their middle school careers and at the end of 8th grade. In between these two full tests, students take the shorter survey test in only mathematics and reading. For more information, please visit nwea.org.
Why do we take MAP?
The test serves several purposes for the Oak Hill Middle School. First, the test provides independent feedback about student ability in the four main content areas. Content taught at Oak Hill will certainly overlap with content on the test, but in some circumstances the overlap may not be 100% such as in science. However, this assessment gives us valuable information about student ability and progress throughout the year. Second, MAP helps to inform instruction. For our teachers, the most important test date is the winter administration. The information obtained from the winter test help teachers to identify a student’s progress and to make alterations to plans in order to best serve your student. The most important administration for parents and students is the spring administration, which provides one indication of a student’s growth during the year. The third reason we value MAP testing is that it provides practice for some of the high-stakes testing that students take in high school (SAT, ACT, PSAT, AP, et al.). These are three of the reasons for which we value MAP testing at Oak Hill.