Second Chance Guidelines

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Second-Chance/Retake Philosophy
Students who have not shown mastery of content or skills on a common or summative assessment will have the opportunity for a “second” chance. Our goal is to allow students the opportunity to demonstrate learning that was not indicated on the initial assessment. In order for a second-chance opportunity to be provided, students must meet with their teacher and develop a plan for the option to have a second-chance opportunity. Additionally, students must demonstrate they have done the necessary preparation to be successful on a second-chance opportunity. The teacher will determine the type of preparation needed, which may include completion of missing assignments, content reviews, test corrections, etc.

The original grade earned on tests will be noted for intervention purposes and parent information. Teachers will post and clearly communicate any second-chance opportunities and deadlines on Schoology. The goal is for student usage of retake opportunities to decrease as they develop their study strategies and work habits.

Purpose of Second-Chance Guidelines
The purpose of our Second-Chance Guidelines is to give “ALL” students an opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the standards, skill sets, grade-level content covered in class.
 
To utilize a Second-Chance Opportunity …
  • A student is expected to meet with their teacher and initiate a second-chance opportunity if he/she scores below 70% on a classroom assessment.    
  • Students are not eligible for a second-chance opportunity if they score 80% or above on a classroom assessment.
  • When applicable, a teacher may require a parent or guardian (parent, guardian, family member, foster parent, caseworker, or a family friend) to sign off on a second-chance opportunity and the original assessment. Additionally, individual teachers may set their own processes for students to follow before taking advantage of their second chance opportunity. This may include completing a form before taking a retake.                       
  • Students must complete the second-chance opportunity within the allotted timeframe established by their teacher.
  • The format and questions on a second-chance opportunity may be altered from the original assessment.
  • Scores on a second-chance attempt will be capped at 80%.
  • The highest score, regardless if it is from the first- or second-chance attempt, will be recorded. The number of second-chance opportunities may be restricted to one additional attempt per assessment.
  • Students are expected to keep their classwork and homework current.      
  • When recording retake scores, teachers will make a note in the comment section in their grade book. 
Weighted Categories
Academic Core Classes (ELA, Math, Science & Social Studies)
  • 70% Classroom Assessments (Common & Summative)
    1. Assessments and activities that are used to determine student mastery of the standards, skill sets, grade-level content, and the effectiveness of instruction.
    2. Examples include, but are not limited to, summative assessments such as tests, quizzes, common assessments, or major writing assignments and weekly reviews.
    3. This category is subject to our Second-Chance Retake Guidelines.

  • 25% Projects, Presentations, Writing Assignments, and Labs
    1. Assignments and activities that are collaborative in nature.
    2. Staff Feedback is naturally integrated into the assignments and activities in this category. Therefore, our second-chance retake policy is not applicable for this category.
 
  • 5% Executive Functioning (class participation, homework, extra credit, and miscellaneous items)
    1. Staff Feedback is naturally integrated into the assignments and activities in this category. Therefore, our second-chance retake policy is not applicable for this category. 
 
Creative Arts & Exploratory Classes
  • 95% Assessments, Projects, Presentations, Class Assignments and Performances
    1. This category is subject to our Second-Chance Retake Guidelines.
 
  • 5% Executive Functioning (Class participation, Homework, Extra Credit and Miscellaneous Items)
    1. Staff Feedback is naturally integrated into the assignments and activities in this category. Therefore, our second-chance retake policy is not applicable for this category.
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