My name is Brian Sievers and I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana, a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and my teaching certification is from Elmhurst College.
I have taught or I am teaching AP P1 and P2 physics, physics, and physical science.
AP & Honors Physics Grading Policy
Weight of Assessments
Semester grades shall be based primarily on students’ performance on assessments.
Type I (Common) Assessments shall constitute 65% of a student’s grade. These assessments will give students an opportunity to show mastery of the course objectives for a unit of study. The Common Unit Assessments shall be the primary component in this category. When Common Unit Assessments are not yet available, other unit-type assessments shall be administered. Any other assessment in this category must be agreed upon by the department and approved by the curriculum director.
Type II (Other) Assessments shall constitute 20% of a student’s grade. Any assessment placed in this category is at the teacher’s discretion.
Practice shall constitute 15% of a student’s grade.
Redos and Retakes
Opportunities for redos or retakes shall be available for all Type I assessments. Opportunities for redos or retakes for all Type II assessments are usually not offered, but are at the teacher’s discretion.
A time frame for completion of the redo/retake shall be set by the teacher and clearly communicated to all students. It is recommended that the redo/retake be completed before the next unit test. However, extenuating circumstances may necessitate flexibility with this timeline.
A reteaching/relearning plan shall be built into the curriculum map or timeline for each unit when the assessment results dictate such a plan.
A reteaching/relearning plan that involves both the student and the teacher shall be developed and completed before the redo/retest opportunity. Teachers shall utilize item analysis, learning objective mastery reports, and student work in order to target specific skills or concepts that students did not master.
AP Physics: To ensure students do well on a retake, students are required to come in and do test corrections, usually over a 2 or 3 day block of days before they can redo/retake a Type I assessment.
Students are given a specific day, before or after school in which they can take a retake exam; however, under special circumstances test retake dates can be arranged after teacher-parent communication .
The teacher reserves the right to customize any and all redo/retake assignments based upon student needs and special considerations.
Students must redo/retake a Type I assessment before the next unit Type I assessment.
Students must complete test corrections at least 1 day in advance prior to taking a Type I assessment redo/retake. For any other time frames, a parent or guardian must contact, preferably by email, Mr. Sievers (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange for an extended redo/retake time frame.
All Type II assessment redo/retakes will be teacher discretion and reviewed on an individual basis.
Type II redo/retake assignments are not given; however, per teacher discretion only, Type II retakes “may” be offered.
For Type II redo/retake assignments, the teacher reserves the right to customize any and all redo/retake assignments based upon student needs and special considerations.
The higher Test grade will prevail when completing any Retake test, whether the higher grade was the original or the retake test score.