MTHS Marking Period Changes for 2021-22
Additional marking periods are proposed to be added this year at Manchester Township High School to allow grades and progress reports to be issued more often, in an effort to identify and support struggling students earlier in the semester. With the block schedule in place at the high school, currently a student is halfway through the class before receiving a grade.
Alex George, Director of Student and Administrative Services for the district, explained the proposed change in a presentation at the July Board of Education meeting. “The addition of a third marking period gives students two marking periods to overcome a poor start, bring their grade up, and be successful in the class. It involves parents earlier in the academic calendar as well,” said George. The board will vote on the proposal at the August meeting.
Semester block courses currently have two marking periods, at 45 and 90 days. This would be increased to three marking periods at 30, 60 and 90 days under the new plan, with progress reports issued at 30 and 60 days. Full year A/B courses would get progress reports at 30, 90, and 150 days. Progress reports are issued for students with a grade below a C.
New grading weights would have each of the three marking periods worth 30%, with the final exam worth 10%. In an effort to keep students motivated for all three marking periods, students must take the final (if not exempt) in order to pass the class.
A final exam exemption policy for students in grades 9-12 would provide academic rewards for students excelling in their classes. Students must have an A average, with no marking period being lower than an 85 in order to earn an exemption in the class. Freshman can earn the right to be exempt from 1 core class and 1 elective. Sophomores can be exempt from 2 core classes and 1 elective. Juniors can be exempt from 2 core classes and 2 electives. Seniors have historically had exemptions for all qualifying classes and would continue to do so.