*effective April 22, 2020 until further notice.


  • Each student’s academic performance is based upon the department’s established grading criteria.

  • Every teacher is to explain the grading criteria orally and in writing at the beginning of each term.

  • No student’s grade may be reduced, automatically, based on attendance.

  • Students’ absence (i.e. illness, court appearance, disciplinary suspension, funeral attendance, etc.) are to be given an opportunity to make-up missed work, including examinations.

  • No grade below a 55 should be given to a student.  

This year Hudson High School of Learning Technologies will operate with three discrete Marking Periods per semester.  

  1. Students will receive a grade for their work in each Marking Period.  

  2. The final grade will be the average of a student’s results for each Marking Period.  

  3. This is NOT a cumulative grade over the course of the semester.  

Assessments (Exams, Projects, Essays, Quizzes) 25% - 30% 

All assessments that are administered for a grade are used as a tool to determine how students are progressing towards meeting the standards of proficiency in the skills and content of the course. All assessments are aligned to New York State Content Standards, the Common Core Learning 

Standards, and course syllabus, and will be graded according to rubrics aligned to these standards. Students who have an excused absence will be permitted to make up the missed assessment in consultation with the teacher.


Classwork/Participation 70%-75% 

Any work done during the class period that demonstrates student learning and is aligned to course goals and objectives will be calculated as part of the students’ final grade. This may include, but is not limited to, independent practice, group work, Do Now activities, participation in class 

discussions, participation in class activities and so forth.

Homework is assigned at the discretion of the teacher, and comprises meaningful activities that enhance student learning. In courses where larger assignments or projects are assigned in lieu of daily homework assignments, teachers may opt to redistribute the percentage points in this category.

*Special Note on Advanced Placement Examinations: 

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses are expected to take the accompanying AP Exam at the end of the school year. These courses carry greater weight than regular courses, and students may receive college credit based on their score on the AP Exam; however, performance on 

the AP exam is not a determinant of the student’s final grade in the AP course. Students that do not take the AP exam corresponding to their AP course will not earn additional weighting.

*Special Notes on Physical Education: 

According to Academic Policies set forth by the New York State Department of Education and by the New York City Department of Education, students who are medically excused from physical education must still participate in the course and must receive a grade. Therefore, physical education teachers will provide appropriate alternative learning activities for students who are medically excused, including alternate physical activities as deemed appropriate by a teacher, or reading/writing assignments that are aligned to course goals and objectives.

Making up Assignments:

It is the policy of the New York City Department of Education and the Commissioner’s Regulations that students who have been absent from class are to be given a reasonable opportunity to make up any missed work including class work and examinations.


Grading Scale: 

● Numerical passing grades can be any number from 65 to 100. 

● Hudson High School of Learning Technologies failing grade is a 55. 

● During marking periods 1 and 2, a student can receive a failing grade of 60, which can help with their overall average for the end of the term. 

● No grades between 55 and 64 are given as final grades.

●  Science Lab classes are graded as P or F, only. 

Special Marks

● NS - Student never attended the class. 

● NX - When a student has a documented extenuating circumstance that has made them incapable of completed work during the term. Documentation must be on file. 

● NL - Students were admitted to the class late in the marking period and the teacher was not able to adequately assess the student’s level of proficiency. 

● All students who receive an NX or an NL for a final semester grade have until the end of the following semester to make up the work and receive a credit for those courses.


Credit for Courses: 

● Students that earn one credit for each course they pass per semester with the exception of: Physical Education (0.5 credit), Advisory (.25 credit), and R2R (.25 credit), SETTS (0 credits)

Advanced Placement Courses: 

All Advanced Placement courses will carry additional weight towards the overall GPA. A Weighted GPA

means a student who passes all of their classes can have a Weighted GPA higher than 4.0, which

may be advantageous when applying to post secondary institutions.


Feedback on Student Performance: 

● Teachers update grades each week using Pupilpath. Parents can request digital access to Pupilpath from the Parent Coordinator (Mr. William Hart). Students can see Mr. Marques Donovan (Computer Technician) for assistance in this area. 

● Report cards are distributed at the end of each marking period. Students receive a comment for each course they are taking. Failing grades are accompanied by two comments. 

● Science courses, which have corresponding labs, will include lab minutes. 


Semester-Based Grading Policy: 

  • The end of a marking period and the subsequent beginning of a new marking period allow the opportunity for a fresh start. 

  • Final grades, which are calculated at the end of the Fall and Spring semester, represent the average of three marking periods.

    • This allows students to recuperate from a challenging marking period. 

Appealing a Final Grade: 

Students have a right to appeal a final grade. All appeals must be supported by evidence that supports that an error has been made. Appeals that are denied on the teacher level may be escalated to the Assistant Principal of the department. Appeals that are denied on the Assistant Principal level may be escalated to the Principal, who is the final arbiter of the appeal. 


*Hudson High School of Learning Technology’s School-Wide Grading Policy and Philosophy conforms to Chancellor’s Regulation A-210, A-501, and by the NYC Department of Education of the Students’ Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, dated June 1993, and the NYCDOE High School Academic Policy Reference Guide, 2016.