Grading, Google Classroom and Powerschool
Grading, Google Classroom and
Current Activities and Assignments
Google Classroom is an online program that provides those
involved at the school (faculty, students, and administrators) the
opportunity to view or post important information. At STEM School
Chattanooga we use Google Classroom to post all of our assignments
and upcoming activities. Therefore, it is a significant resource
for students and plays an integral role in how they become active
members of the STEM School community.
I. Current Activities
In Google Classroom, users will be part of different groups and
can post information for the group. Each group is considered a
"class" and students will be part of multiple classes each year
that are both academic and non-curricular.
All students, teachers and administrators will be part of the
STEM General class in Google Classroom. Members in this group will
be able to view all whole-school announcements. These range from
information on scheduling a class, renting the iPad for the summer,
and behavior expectations, to timelines on completing learning
targets and fire drill information-and on and on. In this group we
post everything administrative.
Members in this group will be able to view all postings by the
school counselor. This includes any unique opportunities (like an
opportunity to attend a guest speaker engagement at the college)
and anything pertaining to college preparation (for instance, a
posting on ACT signup or information on signing up for college
courses). This group post is full of possibilities for students to
go above and beyond and to gain significant experience.
II. Assignments for Students
In Google Classroom, users can view assignments for their
specific classes as well as a calendar that has all the assignments
for a particular student. All work that students are expected to
complete and turn in will be posted in Google Classroom.
In each course, the overall student grade for that course is
made up of individual student grades throughout the year. All
the grades that impact this overall average are posted in
Powerschool. Grading at STEM School Chattanooga follows a
standards-based grading approach-so we tie all our grades directly
to a specific standard required for learning by the state of
Tennessee. Here at STEM, we call these standards learning
targets, and they are written in student-friendly language and
signify what a student should learn.
Individual student grades are assigned based on performance
assessments, which demonstrate the student's level of mastery for a
specific topic. We call these our summative
assessments, and they include tests/quizzes, projects, and
products. Student mastery levels are broken down as follows,
and each number grade reflects a different level of
- No Mastery (0): Assessment is missing or incomplete. Score of
- Below Basic (BB): Student level of understanding is not
acceptable. Score of 50.
- Basic (BA): Student level of understanding shows basic
knowledge of the material. Score of 70.
- Proficient (PR): Student level of understanding shows both
knowledge and comprehension of the material, and student is
prepared for ongoing studies in STEM. Score of 85.
- Advanced (AD): Student level of understanding shows not only
comprehension of the material but also an ability to apply the
content in a real world setting and create new ideas using the
content. Score of 100.
There are two categories you will see in the gradebook for
- Learning Targets (LT) - all LT grades will be assigned a grade
of 0, BB, PR, or AD**
- Project-Based Learning (PBL) - all PBL team grades will be
assigned a grade of 0, BB, PR, or AD
**If a student has a grade of 0 or BB on a learning target
and has not remediated to improve the grade to a PR or AD, the
student will be assigned work in Edgenuity (online curriculum) to
bring the grade to a BA.
All assignments that are graded (summative assessments) can be
found in both Google Classroom and Powerschool. These assignments
are titled in ALL CAPS. The naming convention will denote the type
of grade (learning target or PBL), the name of the assignment, and
the date it is due/posted in the Google Classroom calendar. Example
for a learning target could be "LT4 LAWS OF MOTION: GOOGLE QUIZ
If an assignment is posted in Google Classroom that is
non-graded and is practice, the assignment name will start with the
word "Practice" and will not be in ALL CAPS. At STEM School
Chattanooga we believe that practice is to help students work on
becoming proficient and should neither be punished nor rewarded
with a grade. Grades are calculated through the
performance/summative assessments only. Example title for a
practice assignment could be "Practice: Draft for Romeo and Juliet
Accessing Google Classroom and Powerschool
Google Classroom is accessible through students. There is not a
separate account for parents. Parents should work with their
student to talk about and review the items crucial to student
success. Students will have Google Classroom accounts the first
week of school.
Both students and parents are able to have separate Powerschool
accounts. Powerschool accounts are set up by the third week
If you need assistance in learning how to use Google Classroom
and/or Powerschool, we encourage you to sign up for and attend the
STEM 101 Parent Night in October. However, there are also
many online videos and documents located on the Internet that can
provide you with a 1-2-3 on how to use either program.