Sample Grading and Points

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.

Homework/Classwork- 10%

  • Edpuzzles
    • 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.
Note Check

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.
      • 10=50
      • 9=48
      • 8=46
      • 7=43
      • 6=40
      • 5=36
      • 4=31
      • 3=25
      • 2=20
      • 1=15

Labs and Activities – 30%

Final Exam each semester – 25%

I give a fall final exam and a spring final exam before the AP® Exam.

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