In addition to the District grading guidelines, the following grading policies will be implemented at Tom Browne Middle School. Each assignment will be categorized as either a Minor assignment or a Major assignment. Each category will count for 50% of the final grade. No single grade may account for more than 25% of the final grade. Students must be provided at least two major assignments each six weeks.

      Minor assignments will include: Daily work, homework, minor projects, quizzes, other assignments at teacher’s discretion.

      Major assignments will include: Weekly tests, chapter tests, unit tests, six-weeks tests, major projects.

Teacher/Student Responsibilities

  • Homework will be required for each academic subject area.
  • Students who are absent on the day an assignment/test is due are expected to turn in the assignment or take the test immediately upon their return to school.
  • Students have one day for each day’s absence to make up work assigned on the day(s) they were absent.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to request all make-up assignments.
  • Students whose absence is excused will receive full credit.
  • Students whose absence is determined to be unexcused will receive a 20% reduction in grade on all work assigned on the day(s) student was absent.
  • Students who fail to turn in their assignment on the due date may have one (1) day in which to turn in the assignment with a 20% reduction. After one (1) day, a zero (0) will be recorded for any missing assignment.
  • Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty, along with disciplinary action, will receive a 20% reduction in grade on either an alternative assignment or redo of the original assignment.
  • In Math, all steps used in solving each problem must be written, including all calculations (where applicable) as directed by the teacher or credit will not be awarded.
  • Calculators are not permitted unless specified by the Math teacher.
  • Teachers will notify the parent/guardian via progress reports and/or telephone contact/email whenever a student is not making satisfactory progress.
  • Students shall be permitted a reasonable opportunity to redo an assignment or retake a test for which he/she received a failing grade if the request is made within three (3) days from when they received the failing grade.  The teacher may or may not require the student to receive additional instruction before a redo/retake is permitted.  The maximum grade a student can make on such an assignment is 70.

Parent’s Responsibilities


  • Review the District and TBMS Grading Guidelines with student.
  • Maintain open line of communication with teachers.
  • Check student’s progress and grades on eChalk, if available. (Parents may log on to eChalk at any location with internet access.)
  • Review any written communication sent home and discuss with student, as appropriate.
  • If received, review Progress Report with student, sign and return to teacher.
  • Immediately share any concern with teacher.

Promotion. Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 are promoted/awarded credit when a final grade of 70 or above is achieved in each of the following: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and a composite average of 70 or above in all courses taken. High school credit is earned for certain courses taken in middle school based on a final grade average of 70 or above in the course. Failure of a student to earn credit in one of the high school credit courses will not cause the student to be retained.

Conferences. The teacher shall request a parent/teacher conference when a student is not achieving progress toward or achievement of the TEKS. EIA (Local).

A student or parent who feels that a grade received by a student is not accurate or has not been determined according to guidelines shall discuss the concern with the teacher. If the concern is not resolved, the student or parent may present the concern to the principal. The principal will investigate the facts to ensure that the grade is accurate and determined in accordance with guidelines.

Attendance. Students must be in attendance 90% of a course’s instructional time and obtain a final course grade average of 70 or above to receive course credit. Teachers may not impose a grade penalty for a student whose attendance drops below 90%. However, students failing to meet the attendance requirement will be denied course credit. Although students may make up absences for course credit through various methods, the absences will remain on the student’s permanent attendance record – they are not erased. Parents/guardians shall monitor the student’s attendance record regularly.

Promotion. Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 are promoted/awarded credit when a final grade of 70 or above is achieved in each of the following: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and a composite average of 70 or above in all courses taken. High school credit is earned for certain courses taken in middle school based on a final grade average of 70 or above in the course. Failure of a student to earn credit in one of the high school credit courses will not cause the student to be retained. 

STAAR. A student who fails any STAAR assessment must receive accelerated instruction in the subject area, which includes before or after school instruction. A student in grade 8 who fails reading or math and who is promoted to the next grade level must complete the required accelerated instruction as a condition of promotion, as determined by the Grade Placement Committee. The student must be assigned a teacher in the next grade level who meets state and federal qualifications to teach the subject in which the student failed.

GRADE PLACEMENT COMMITTEE

The District shall notify the parent or guardian of a student who has failed to demonstrate proficiency on the first administration of a grade advancement test. This notification should be made within five working days of the District’s receipt of student test results, a description of the District’s grade advancement policy, the accelerated instruction to which the student has been assigned, and the possibility that the student might be retained at the same grade level for the next school year. In addition, the notice shall encourage parents or guardians to meet immediately with the student’s teacher to outline mutual responsibilities to support the student during accelerated instruction (EIE Legal). After a student fails to perform satisfactorily on an assessment instrument the second time, a GPC shall be established to prescribe the accelerated instruction the student is to receive before the assessment instrument is administered the third time. All efforts of support and the accelerated instructional plan shall be documented in the District’s instructional management system.