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Grading Policy and Late Work

AP 2D Portfolio 1651 is an Advanced Placement Honors class and as such in KISD earns Honors credit on your GPA. That means you get two levels of weighted credit above the Regular class weight. If you earned an "A" in a regular class, you would get a "C" in an AP class. If you get an "A" in a regular class, you would get an "A+" in a Pre-AP class and an "A++" in an AP class. This is because AP classes are taught at the level of a university class. Many teachers think the AP Portfolio process is much more rigorous than your local college Art 1 class. The grade you get on this portfolio is accepted at the toughest schools in the nation and if you can imagine earning a score of 5 that will be accepted at Yale or Harvard, you can imagine how rigorous the class is supposed to be.

Usually the students taking AP2D are 17-19 year-old Seniors. There is no slack cut for younger students. This is a college-level class and there are many younger students who can do quite well and there are many 20 year-olds that can't handle the workload, so it's really up to the individual student to figure out if he is capable of handling the pace of this class.

One aspect of taking a college class that high school students haven't experienced is that in a college class there are fewer grades, little or no "fluff" grades and each assignment weighs much more heaviliy in the grade average. This class is the same. While you might have two summative grades (test grades) each week in a regular ed. class and maybe two or three easy formative (homework) assignments to boost your grade, in this class you will not. There is one formative grade each 9 weeks and only about 8 summative grades.

Test Grades- Each artwork assignment is due Friday, unless otherwise noted in the schedule. Each artwork is a summative (test) grade. In accordance with KISD policy, all summative grades in an AP class are worth 70% of the total 9 weeks grade.

Homework- You will not be graded on all of your out-of-class homework, but if you don't do it, your grades will suffer because you CANNOT get all of your work done in class. You have been given the entire year's syllabus ahead of time. This means that you can look ahead weeks in advance and know what type of pictures and materials you need to gather for the upcoming assignments. Managing your time and planning ahead are two of the most important skills you'll get out of this class and if you can manage your time well, you'll have no problems with college later on. Homework that IS graded will count as 30% of the total 9 weeks grade, in accordance with the KISD AP grading policy.

There is no extra-credit work assigned or accepted.

All works are due on their due date.. However, because of computer issues and the need for an occasional assignment to be turned in late, I do not reduce the grade for work that is one week late. You will have a "zero" put in the gradebook on the day it is due and it will stay there until the work is graded.

Work over 1 week late will be reduced by 10pts, or one full grade.

UIL, scholarships, class ranking or other grading considerations do not constitute an emergency on my part if your work has been turned in late. If you are late you cannot expect to have me drop everything to take away a zero because you have a UIL grade check or Mom won't let you go to Six Flags until your grade is pulled up.

Work that is turned in on time and is not acceptable in quality can be turned in again at a later date (except for the REDO assignments) and I will regrade it and change the grade (if the work merits a grade change) and there will be no penalty. This work must be resubmitted before the end of the grading period.

Once a grading period has passed, grades cannot be changed. You are free to redo and improve work right up until May 7th in an attempt to get a higher grade your portfolio, and I encourage you to do so. But if you redo a September Breadth work in April, I can't go back and change the old grade.

All grades in art are subjective. Mrs. Taylor is the final and only judge of what grade is assigned to each artwork. By law, KISD cannot change a grade a teacher as given a student if the grade is given in good faith and using the teacher's best professional judgement. Although you or your love ones might disagree with a grade I give, I give out grades based on the best judgement I have that your grade reflects the standards that are set by the College Board. As an AP reader, one of the few in Texas, I have experience on a national level in AP grading. It is my opinion that grading too easy does not help a student grow, not at all. My students understand that my goal is to help them become the best artists they can be and that an honest evaluation is vital to that process. They try hard and understand that they are competing on a national scale. If they earn a bad grade, that's disappointing, but it's a chance to improve, too. If they earn a good grade, they can be proud and confident that they are really doing well, even against the kids in the top schools. I understand that grading too hard stifles creativity...but grading too easy does, as well. So I try to give a fair assessment of your work and by the time May rolls around, most of my students understand the process well enough that they become very good judges of what is acceptable work and what is not.

Each artwork is graded with the same rubric the College Board uses to grade the portfolios. Copies of the rubrics are here:

Breadth Grading Rubric
Concentration Grading Rubric

The rubrics have seven sections and each section is given a score of 1 through 6, for a total of 36 possible points. Sixes are very rare, as are ones. Work at both ends of the spectrum will bring tears to my eyes and I hope that one day you make me cry for all of the right reasons.

Total Points   AP Score   Gradebook Score






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