MYP Grading:

The MYP program at Nova Secondary School adheres to the IB policy on assessment. Course grades are determined by overall performance in a criteria. All summative assessments within the MYP are assessed using the four subject group specific assessment criteria.  At the end of a marking period teachers use professional judgement to determine the overall criterion grade.

Grade

Boundary

Descriptor

1

1-5

Produces work of very limited quality. Conveys many significant misunderstandings or lacks understanding of most concepts and contexts. Very rarely demonstrates critical or creative thinking. Very inflexible, rarely using knowledge or skills.

2

6-9

Produces work of limited quality. Expresses misunderstandings or significant gaps in understanding for many concepts and contexts. Infrequently demonstrates critical or creative thinking. Generally inflexible in the use of knowledge and skills, infrequently applying knowledge and skills.

3

10-14

Produces work of an acceptable quality. Communicates basic understanding of many concepts and contexts, with occasionally significant misunderstandings or gaps. Begins to demonstrate some basic critical and creative thinking. Is often inflexible in the use of knowledge and skills, requiring support even in familiar classroom situations.

4

15-18

Produces good-quality work. Communicates basic understanding of most concepts and contexts with few misunderstandings and minor gaps. Often demonstrates basic critical and creative thinking. Uses knowledge and skills with some flexibility in familiar classroom situations, but requires support in unfamiliar situations.

5

19-23

Produces generally high-quality work. Communicates secure understanding of concepts and contexts. Demonstrates critical and creative thinking, sometimes with sophistication. Uses knowledge and skills in familiar classroom and real-world situations and, with support, some unfamiliar real-world situations.

6

24-27

Produces high-quality, occasionally innovative work. Communicates extensive understanding of concepts and contexts. Demonstrates critical and creative thinking, frequently with sophistication. Uses knowledge and skills in familiar and unfamiliar classroom and real world situations, often with independence.

7

28-32

Produces high-quality, frequently innovative work. Communicates comprehensive, nuanced understanding of concepts and contexts. Consistently demonstrates sophisticated critical and creative thinking. Frequently transfers knowledge and skills with independence and expertise in a variety of complex classroom and real-world situations.

DP Grading

Student work in the DP is assessed as evidence of achievement based on the stated goals of the DP courses. DP assessments are criterion-related and student performance is measured against the characteristics of the work expected of each grade level (grade descriptors), reflecting the aims and objectives of each subject.

Students complete internal and external assessments as part of the DP courses, for which they receive grades (points) ranging from 1-7, with 7 being the highest. The final Diploma score is made up of the combined points for each subject. Students must gain at least 24 points and successfully complete the elements of the DP Core.

Grade boundaries differ for each course, based on the specific assessed component and official past grade boundaries issued by the IBO.

Nova Program/AP

Nova offers a number of AP courses for students in grades 11 and 12. AP courses are assessed using the A-F scale, and students choose whether to sit for the final examinations upon completion of each course.

Nova courses use Common Core and AERO standards to assess student work. Grades are a measure of students’ academic achievement. The grading scale used in regular Nova courses is A-F, with the following percentage and GPA categories:

%

Grade

GPA Point

Descriptor

 

A+

13

AP students are automatically added an extra point to every letter grade.

97-100

A+

12

Outstanding work demonstrating an in-depth understanding of the curriculum

93-96

A

11

90-92

A-

10

87-89

B+

9

Average performance demonstrating a good grasp of the curriculum.

83-86

B

8

80-82

B-

7

77-79

C+

6

Average performance demonstrating a satisfactory working knowledge of the curriculum.

73-76

C

5

70-72

C-

4

67-69

D+

3

Below-average performance demonstrating minimum knowledge required for passing.

63-66

D

2

60-62

D-

1

<60

F

0

Unsatisfactory performance demonstrating insufficient knowledge and inability to meet minimum course requirements. No course credit earned.

 

I

0

Incomplete. Course work has not been completed. A student has two weeks after the end of the term to complete the course requirements. If work is not completed within that time and an extension is not granted by the Department Head for valid reasons, the I-mark automatically becomes an F.