I've spent the better part of a week (not the whole time mind you!) thinking about, talking about, asking questions about grading. The move for the district is changing secondary grading policies to show mastery of a subject or topic. I believe that grades aren't important, it's the learning that counts, and showing mastery of the subject is where we need to be headed. So this really supports my personal belief.
For Technology for Tomorrow, it has proven difficult to move to a totally standards based grading system, as we don't have specific standards for the subject. The class is based on national Technology standards (ISTE Standards for Students) and the 21st Century Skills Career Framework. So, as you can see on my Policies page, I've broken it down into two categories, one for classwork and the other for assessment. It's the first time I have done weighting with categories, so I hope it will give me better insight into a student's learning.
For English, I am following the other 8th grade teachers policies of grading based on summative assessments. These are directly from the CCSS (Common Core Standards) that we teach with every day. As soon as I get everything set up, I'll put specifics on the Policies page.
Thanks for your patience and support as I continue to tweak and adjust the system to show what your student is learning!