Next Generation Science Standards


Click here to view the 7th Grade curriculum overview.

Click here to view the 8th Grade curriculum overview.

Science Department Grading Scale and Policy



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Letter Grade



Fully Accomplishes the Purpose of the Task

The student completes the task in a correct manner. They clearly demonstrate and effectively communicate with mastery that they understand the goal of the task. They are able to clearly explain their understanding of the task with details beyond the requirements. The student demonstrates advanced application/analysis when the opportunity exists.

“I showed that I understood the lesson and I could give this artifact to a peer who could learn the content from it.”





Accomplishes the Purpose of the Task

The student completes the task and their answers show they understand the concepts/skills and are demonstrating progress toward mastery. Communication of mastery may not be clear.

“I showed that I understood the lesson and all the necessary details.”





Partially Accomplishes the Purpose of the Task

The student completes most of a task correctly demonstrating some mastery but does not demonstrate a full understanding of the entire task. One or two important ideas may have been left out. The student may require teacher intervention to have success.

“I showed that I understood many parts of the lesson but there are still some important details I’m missing.”





Approaching the Purpose of the Task

The student’s work does not demonstrate that they have mastered the content/skill and provides more incorrect or incomplete responses than correct responses. The student requires more instruction/practice to demonstrate proficiency.

“I thought I showed that I understood the lesson but I clearly did not.”





No Evidence/Effort

The student demonstrates a lack of understanding of the content/skill; or the student has shown insufficient evidence to determine understanding of skills and content due, in part, to missing work.


 “I didn’t show that I understood the lesson at all. I may not have done anything at all.”





“Tasks” are defined every time a student is expected to do something. For example: classwork, assessments, projects. Some tasks will have a more specific rubric. 

Percentages are not rounded, as they accurately represent the overall successful communication of mastery of the content.

In Infinite Campus, the letter grades will NOT be accurate during the quarter but the percentages will. Refer to this page to determine the letter grade earned. Letter grades will be manually modified in Infinite Campus for progress and quarter grade reports.

English Language Arts Courses


All Cal students will take English Language Arts 7 during the 7th grade year, and English Language Arts 8 during the 8th grade year. The CCSS are a continuum of skills and knowledge that build over the courses, grades K-12. Below are the descriptors provided by the state of College and Career Ready Students.

Students Who Are College and Career Ready in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language

Math Courses


Math 7: In grade seven instructional time is focused on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships, including percentages; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.