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Cumulative Grades

​​​​​​​​​​​​Cumulative grades communicate a student’s achievement related to standards assessed during the course of a semester.  This allows for more consistent and fair reporting of progress.  Special consideration is given to the student’s most recent achievements in the cumulative grading process.

What does this mean for Rockwood students?

Student grades will be reported based on the cumulative, 18-week semester. Quarter grades will no longer count as 40 percent of the semester grade.

At the end of the semester, students will receive a grade based upon 1) a final exam that is 20 percent of the total grade, and 2) a cumulative grade for the semester that is 80 percent of the total grade.  For courses that do not include a final exam, the cumulative grade for the semester is based upon the entire semester’s achievement scores (100 percent).

How does cumulative grading benefit students?

A semester-long time frame allows students to learn and then prove their final level of proficiency at the end of the course. 

What will teachers do to support students?

Teachers will provide progress reports to communicate ongoing achievement. They will provide course expectations at the beginning of the semester.  This will include what students are expected to know, understand and be able to do by the end of the semester.  Students will receive multiple and varied opportunities to demonstrate their learning related to specific curricular standards.

An example of cumulative grading

Imagine you are going skydiving.  The skydiving company has provided you with the grades of three students from a recent parachute-packing course. Which student would you want packing your parachute?


In this example, Student 3 is likely the best choice as this student has met the curricular standard.  This student knows, understands, and is able to meet the final standard of proficiency.

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 Contact Information

Kay Julius

Secretary to Assistant Superintendent, Learning and Support Services

(636) 733-2101
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Shelley Willott

Assistant Superintendent Learning and Support Services

(636) 733-2151
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