This is a sample of how I grade in AP® Environmental Science. As a teacher, you must find what works for you and your own students, school and community! It takes a lot of trial and error and adjusting from year to year.
- 10 points per sticky note video-usually two or three 15-minute videos per chapter. I embed questions in my Edpuzzles so students are graded on watching and accuracy in answering the questions.
- 4 points per mini-video which are other non-note videos to reinforce reading assignments. Examples are Ted-Ed and YouTube videos. I typically assign one or two sections of the chapter to read (each chapter has 4 sections) per night with corresponding mini-videos. I am on a regular schedule where students meet every day for 55 minutes.
- I download scores from Edpuzzle in a spreadsheet, but they are percentages of questions correct. I have the spreadsheet add up the scores and then divide to make the points reflect what I wrote above)
- Note Check – 20 points. I check 2 chapters of physical sticky notes the day before an exam.
- Math Day – 20 points
- Other items such as readings, online tutorials or whole class movies/videos-10-20 points.
Exams and Quizzes – 35%
- Reading quizzes-2 or 3 per chapter. 10 points each. Mine are online with 11 questions in 7 minutes through the Mastering Environmental Science site for the Withgott book. Randomized. Open-book, open-note. My district recently subscribed to the GoGuardian program which allows me to monitor computers during the quiz. Before GoGuardian, I stood in the back of the room to see all the screens during the quiz to prevent cheating.
- Exams are every 2 chapters
- 50 minutes for the exam
- 100 points for multiple choice (usually about 40 questions)
- 50 points for FRQ (1 per exam). This is my curve which I believe is fair. It is not as generous as the AP® Exam, but the students only had to study 2 chapters for the exam instead of 24 for the AP® exam.
Labs and Activities – 30%
- Labs and activities are about 20-60 points (about 20 points per day it takes to do the lab). Ecocolumns count for a lot of points in several assignments.
- Binder check-collected or peer-graded 3 times per year. 40 points
Final Exam each semester – 25%
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