Oakton's grading, assessment, and reassessment policy

School year 2018-19

Reassessment Policy

At Oakton High School, all students will be afforded multiple opportunities to show mastery of learning through reassessments in each curricular area.

Students will be granted at least one reassessment for all major / summative assessments in all courses, regardless of the student’s initial score.  The reassessment must require the same level of rigor, but curriculum teams may offer alternative modes of assessment that better meet individual learning styles (i.e. tiered opportunities for different levels of mastery, discussion vs. paper-based, partial re-take focused on areas of deficit). The highest grade will be recorded into the gradebook. Each class will outline its reassessment policy in the beginning of the year syllabus. 

In order for a reassessment to be provided, students are expected to complete reasonable prerequisite work within a specified time frame as stipulated by the subject teams. Students can complete reassessments during Cougar Time and/or after school according to teacher schedule.  Below are a few examples of reasonable prerequisite work:

  • Test corrections with brief rationale for missed questions
  • Practice problems that directly correlate to missed Program of Studies strands, followed by discussion / feedback from teacher during Cougar Time or after school
  • Collaboration with tutor at The Center


Balanced Grading System

Grades should reflect a student’s level of mastery as demonstrated on assessments.  When a student does not complete an assessment, teachers do not have the opportunity to evaluate the student’s level of mastery. Assignments not submitted will be assigned DNS (Did Not Submit, which is > 50%) in the gradebook. 

In addition, Oakton High School teachers will adopt a 50%-100% grading scale or a zero to four point standards-based grading scale.  These scales allow teachers to report failing grades that are consistent with the ten-point differential between all letter grades, resulting in quarterly and yearly grades that reflect student mastery more accurately.  When a student fails an assessment or neglects to complete work prior to the end of a grading period, the teacher will indicate a failing score of 50% or higher on a 100% scale (or zero points if using a standards-based zero to four point scale) for that assessment. 


FCPS Policy

The FCPS policy can be found on the FCPS website