Fort Wayne Community Schools - Grading Scale

Grading Practices

Fort Wayne Community Schools strives to use a grading system that fairly and accurately reflects a student's mastery of course material at all grade levels.

Grading Scale

Fort Wayne Community Schools uses a universal grading scale throughout the district. The chart below shows the grading scale used by all teachers.
Letter Grade Percent HS GPA Quality Points
A+ 98 - 100 4.33
A 95 - 97 4.00
A- 93 - 94 3.67
B+ 90 - 92 3.33
B 86 - 89 3.00
B- 84 - 85 2.67
C+ 81 - 83 2.33
C 77 - 80 2.00
C- 75 - 76 1.67
D+ 73 - 74 1.33
D 71 - 72 1.00
D- 70 0.67
F 69 - 0  

High School Grading Guidelines

FWCS' high school grading procedures are designed to more accurately reflect a student's mastery of course knowledge. Study skills, work ethic and responsibility remain key factors in being academically successful, but a student's letter grade will be based on academic achievement. This system provides even weight for each letter grade given for each assignment. Traditionally, an F, particularly a 0, carried far more weight than the highest grades. Below are additional highlights of the new system.

Key Points
  • Grades are determined based on demonstrated performance and do not include extra credit, behavior, attendance or work habits. Only assessments measuring what a student knows according to course standards shall be included in calculating the grade.
  • Non-academic factors (for example: behavior, attendance, attitude, punctuality and effort) are important and contribute to a student's achievement but will not be a part of the academic grade. Two non-academic factors, work ethic and behavior, will be evaluated and reported on separately for each course on mid-term and final grade reports, in addition to course-by-course attendance and tardy information recorded.
  • Academic practice assessments will account for 20 percent of a student's course grade. Practice assessments include activities such as teacher observations, quizzes, homework, rough drafts, peer editing and notebook checks. Homework is a type of formative assessment, and formative assessment in total must count for 20 percent of student's final grade.
  • Summative assessments will account for 80 percent of the student's course grade. Summative assessments are cumulative in nature and typically include unit tests, common assessments, semester exams and culminating projects, demonstrations, exhibitions, papers and labs.
  • Students will be expected to complete missing coursework. Late coursework will be accepted as long as there is still an opportunity to learn from it and it occurs during the unit of study. There will be a one unit (e.g., from 12 to 11) reduction in the coursework grade per day if the assignment is turned in past the due date, after which the student will receive a zero. Exceptions may occur at the teacher's/principal's discretion for prolonged absences or for coursework for which a due date for the work is irrelevant.
  • Students will be given opportunities to redo/revise coursework within the unit of study as mastery of material is what is important, not (within reason) when mastery occurs.
  • Students must show they have completed some type of corrective (independent practice, peer tutoring, study-guides, additional reading or coursework, a review in class, etc.) before they will be afforded an opportunity to attempt an alternative assessment.
  • Scores for student work after retaking, revising or redoing will not be averaged with the first attempt at coursework or assessment but will replace the original student score.
  • The following scale is to be used to score individual assessments:
    A+ 12 C 5
    A 11 C- 4
    A- 10 D+ 3
    B+ 9 D 2
    B 8 D- 1
    B- 7 F 0
    C+ 6