• Art Syllabus

    Contact information:

    Name: Kyle Benna

    E-mail:   kyle.benna@ankenyschools.org

    School phone: 515-965-9705


    How students will be graded:


    • Letter grades will continue to be assigned for all courses at the secondary level based on the 0-100 percent scale.
    • When utilizing a rubric with four levels of proficiency (Beginning, Making Progress, Meeting the Standard, Exceeding), teachers will show the connection between a student’s performance on the rubric to the assigned grade within the 0-100 percent scale. This connection will be communicated at the onset of its use and throughout the learning progression for the purpose of providing feedback.


    • Categories/Weighting in Infinite Campus:  
    • 90%  Final Projects
    • 10% Prep Work


    Minimum Percent












    59 and below

    Letter Grade














    Board-Approved Standards:



    Guiding Practices:


    Multiple and Varied Assessment Opportunities (including Retakes)

    All students should have multiple assessment opportunities to demonstrate higher levels of achievement.  The opportunities may be initiated by the instructor or the student, but always at the instructor’s discretion.  Additional opportunities may include retakes of an alternate form of an assessment (e.g., Form B instead of Form A), student revisions of work products based on descriptive feedback, or alternative methods of assessments (e.g., an oral response rather than a written test).  


    Guidelines for retakes include the following:

    • Students will be provided the opportunity to be reassessed (i.e., retakes and homework).
    • Teachers determine appropriateness and authentic need for reassessments.
    • Generally, reassessments will be limited to one retake per assessment. Additional reassessments will be provided at the discretion of the teacher.
    • Retakes will be taken within a reasonable time frame that the teacher determines and informs students of in advance.

    Homework / Independent Practice


    Homework is an opportunity for students to practice skills, apply knowledge, review and build on past learning, and extend learning.  Homework is individualized and based on each student’s progress towards established standards.  The purpose of the assignment will determine whether or not a grade is given and will be clearly articulated to students. Through independent learning tasks (homework), students assume more responsibility for their learning and are given opportunities to apply what they have learned to new situations or experiences.


    Extra Credit and Bonus Points


    To ensure that grades reflect progress toward and achievement of the standards, giving extra credit points or bonus points will not occur in this class.   


    Behavioral Expectations


    The work habits/behavior standards are for grades 6-12 courses in our district. These work habits/behavior standards will be reported throughout the semester and are as follows:

    • Organization and Readiness
    • Productivity and Accountability
    • Collaboration Skills

    For those of you accessing this document electronically, the work habits tool can be accessed here. We will be using the following performance levels:


    Performance Levels for Work Habits/Behavior Standards





    Meets Standard

    Partially Meets Standard

    Doesn’t Meet Standard

    No Evidence


    These descriptors are intended for feedback and communication and do not impact a student’s GPA.


    Formative and Summative Assessment:



    • Formative Assessment: Formal and informal processes teachers and students use to gather evidence for the purpose of improving learning.


    • Summative Assessment:  Assessments that provide evidence of student achievement for the purpose of making a judgment about student competence or program effectiveness.



    District Office   306 SW School Street   PO Box 189   Ankeny, IA 50021-0189   P: 515.965.9600   F: 515.965.4234   W: ankenyschools.org


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