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General Amherst High School
Assessment, Evaluation, Grading, Reporting and Promotion

The Board and School policy is consistent with the Provincial Government's ‘Growing Success’ Document.

Our assessment, evaluation, grading, reporting and promotion policy supports our Board’s Shared Beliefs and Understandings:  All students can achieve high standards given sufficient time and support; All teachers can teach to high standards given the right condition and assistance; High expectations and early intervention are essential; and Teachers need to learn all the time and they need to be able to articulate both what they do and why.


At the start of the each semester, students will receive a Course Information Sheet (CIS) from each of their subject teachers.  The CIS will provide an overview of the course and identify what students will learn and how they will be assessed and evaluated. 


Students are asked to review their course selections carefully prior to the beginning of each semester.  Once a student has made the decision to take a course, it is their responsibility to follow through with that timetable for the full semester.  


Homework is assigned to give students the opportunity to put into practice the lessons learned during the day.  While it is the responsibility of the school to provide appropriate and relevant homework, it is the student’s responsibility to make certain that he/she understands what is required and that the assigned work is completed on time and to the best of his/her ability.  Proper use of a planner will assist students in organizing their homework, assignments and tests.  In general, students in Grades 9 and 10 should average between 1 to 1.5 hours of homework per night.  Students in Grades 11 and 12 should average between 1.5 and 2 hours of homework per night.  On some occasions such as a night before a test or the weekend before a major assignment is due, the homework load could be heavier. 


Students have the right to inquire when they believe that their work has not been accurately evaluated.  The inquiry would normally go to the teacher concerned, and then proceed to the Department Head, then to the Vice Principal and finally to the Principal, if not resolved at an earlier stage.



Graduation will be held in June of each year following our Final Summative Evaluation.  Grade 12 students with 22 credits in the September they start grade 12 will be deemed eligible to graduate.  This will be considered their graduation year. 


It is the student’s responsibility to submit work in a timely manner.  If work is not submitted in a reasonable time frame, the teacher has the option of refusing to grade the work.  For example, once the assignment has been evaluated and returned to the rest of the class, the teacher is no longer required to grade the late assignment.  Teachers will accept the late assignment in order to provide feedback.  Students who habitually submit late work are demonstrating poor Learning Skills


The procedure to make up a missed assessment has been established for each department.  Students who miss an assessment due to extenuating circumstances are encouraged to meet with their teachers to discuss the situation.  Students who fail to do so could receive an incomplete mark. 


Students must be made aware of and held accountable for academic honesty.  It is academically dishonest to take credit for any work, fact or idea that is not your own, or allow others to do so with your work.  Academic dishonesty is an offence for which serious consequences will be imposed.  Students who cheat or plagiarize will receive a grade of zero (0%) and will be subject to further disciplinary actions by school administration. 

PROGRESS REPORT CARDS (October, December, March and May): 

Students will receive four progress report cards during the school year.  These reports will be based on the teacher’s general assessment of the student’s work on tests, assignments, class work and will be based on conversations, observations and student products.  The primary purpose of these reports is to assist students, parents/guardians and teachers in planning an appropriate course of action to help the student be successful.   


The calculation of a student’s final grade will be based on evidence of actual achievement of the curriculum expectations.  A credit is granted and recorded for every course in which the student’s grade is 50% or higher.  The final grade for each course will be determined as follows:

·         Seventy percent (70%) of the grade will be based on evaluations conducted throughout the course.  This portion of the grade should reflect the student’s most consistent level of achievement throughout the course, although special consideration should be given to more recent evidence of achievement.

·         Thirty percent (30%) of the grade will be based on the Final Summative Evaluation in the form of an examination, performance, essay and/or other method of evaluation suitable to the course content and administered towards the end of the course.  This may be in the last 3-4 weeks in a semester course.  Exemptions from the 30% Final Summative Evaluations are not permitted.   If you miss an FSE including an exam, you will be given a mark of zero.  In certain cases a doctor's note will be required if you missed due to medical reasons.  In  extenuating circumstances (example, a death in the family) consideration may be given at the sole discretion of the principal.


Two Provincial Report Cards will be issued each semester:  one approximately mid way through the semester (November, April) and the other shortly after Final Summative Evaluations (February, July).  


Teachers, parents/guardians can be confident that students who are achieving at Level 3 (70-79 %) are well prepared for work in the next grade or the next course.


Grade Range


Summary Description


80 – 100%


Level 4

identifies achievement that surpasses the provincial standard. The student demonstrates the specified knowledge and skills with a high degree of effectiveness. However, achievement at level 4 does not mean that the student has achieved expectations beyond those specified for the grade/course.

70 – 79 %

Level 3

represents the provincial standard for achievement. The student demonstrates the specified knowledge and skills with considerable effectiveness. Parents of students achieving at level 3 can be confident that their children will be prepared for work in subsequent grades/courses.

60 – 69 %

Level 2

represents achievement that approaches the provincial standard. The student demonstrates the specified knowledge and skills with some effectiveness. Students performing at this level need to work on identified learning gaps to ensure future success.

50 – 59 %



represents achievement that falls much below the provincial standard. The student

demonstrates the specified knowledge and skills with limited effectiveness. Students must work at significantly improving learning in specific areas, as necessary, if they are to be successful in the next grade/course

Below 50 %


Insufficient achievement of the curriculum expectations.  A credit will not be granted.



Full disclosure means that a formal record will be kept every time a course is taken in Gr. 11 or 12 regardless of the final mark (Ontario Student Transcript). In order to avoid a course and mark showing on a student’s transcript, withdrawal from the course must occur in accordance with school procedures and within five instructional days from the issuance of the mid term Provincial Report Card. Only those with 23 or more credits will be allowed a study period. 


Students who are suspended from school must arrange for work so they can continue to be assessed and evaluated by their classroom teachers.  Students who are suspended from school must see that arrangements are made with their teachers to discuss this situation.  Students who fail to do so may receive an incomplete mark.


Students can upgrade up to 2 courses at summer school provided the regular school marks are high enough (35% +) and that all requirements for the course including writing the Final Summative Evaluation have been met.  Students can also earn a full credit course at summer school provided they have the necessary pre-requisite course.  Applications for summer school are available in the Student Services Office.  Meeting summer school deadlines is the responsibility of the student.