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Extra Credit – Expo Policy The following is the RRHS policies on extra credit offered for Expo participation. Its purpose is to allow consistency throughout the school, and to insure that students are not given a significant advantage or disadvantage in grade ranking. Requirements for Awarding Extra Credit: 1. At the discretion of the class teacher, he or she may allow extra credit for participation in the Student Research Expo (SRE) as shown below. A teacher may elect to add further requirements or verification of work in order for a student to receive the extra credit. For example, he or she may insist on approving the level of rigor of the project before it’s submitted to the SRC to ensure that it reflects the level expected for their particular course. a. If a student submits paperwork AND it is approved and he or she is registered for the following January’s SRE, then that student’s second quarter grade should receive a 5% boost. This has the effect of a 2% overall semester grade boost. If the student submits paperwork and is not approved, then he or she should normally not receive any extra credit. The extra credit is awarded for successfully developing a research project and navigating the approval process. However, under some circumstances a portion of extra credit may be warranted. If the teacher feels this is the case, then he or she should contact the SRC Coordinator and the two will make the determination. b. If a student attends the January RRHS SRE, AND is present for all judging, then that student’s third quarter grade should receive a 5% boost. A teacher may add additional requirements if they wish, such as an in-class presentation or a written paper in order for the student to receive some or all of the extra credit. If a student is unable to attend, even through circumstances beyond their control, they should normally not receive the extra credit. The extra credit is awarded for a student being able to present and defend his or her project under the scrutiny of professionals around the community who are experts in the student’s field of research. However, if the student did complete the project, and the teacher feels there was a good-faith effort to attend the SRE, then some partial award of extra credit is fine if the student presents the project to the teacher and/or class. c. If a student earns a slot to Regional competition AND attends and is present for all judging, then that student’s fourth quarter grade should receive a 3% boost. As with the SRE, if the student is unable to attend, even through no fault of their own, then the student should not receive any extra credit. The extra credit is awarded for a student continuing to develop AND present their work in front of community professionals. d. If a student earns a slot to State competition AND attends and is present for all judging, then that student’s fourth quarter grade should receive an additional 3% boost above what they already received for Regional competition. As with the other competitions, if the student is unable to attend, even through no fault of their own, then the student should not receive any extra credit. The extra credit is awarded for a student continuing to develop AND present their work in front of community professionals. e. If a student’s project is awarded a slot to International competition, the student should not receive any further extra credit, for the sole reason that they have already received as much extra credit as is reasonable to award for their research project. If more were given, then their grade may not truly reflect the overall work they did for the class and the other standards it requires. If however it turns out that one of the other categories of extra credit was not received, they should automatically receive that amount for the appropriate quarter. For example, a student may earn a slot to Internationals from the regional level and not be able to attend state competition. In that instance, the student would still receive the additional 3% they would have earned for State competition. Another way to look at it is that a student may earn 3% extra credit for 4th quarter for each additional competition outside of Regionals (such as State, Internationals, JSHS, Westinghouse, ISWEEP) for a maximum of two events.
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