Assessment & More of MTHS Secondary School:

Assessment

At our Secondary School, student’s final grade is a combination of exams and daily grades that include tests, quizzes, homework, projects, class participation, and class work.  Final exams are given at the end of the second semester.  Parents/Guardians are invited to pick up report cards on given dates at the end of each semester.  Progress academic reports are also issued for each semester. At the beginning of the third year, students are encouraged and advised to sit the Caribbean Secondary Examination, CXC at the conclusion of the fourth year.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR PROMOTION AND GRADUATION

  1. All students must achieve a general average of 70% or C to be promoted to a higher form.
  2. A student who fails eleven (11) credit hours in first or second form will not be promoted.
  3. A student who fails ten (10) credit hours in third or fourth form will not be promoted or allowed to graduate.
  4. A student who fails English in any year will not be promoted or allowed to graduate.
  5. A minimum number of 90% of classes must be attended to merit promotion and graduation. This means that students with more than eighteen(18) absences per year may not be promoted or allowed to graduate. Cases of certified absences for medical reasons may be considered exceptions.
  6. Transfer students from another institution must spend at least one year at Mopan Technical to be granted a diploma.
  1. Students who fail once may be considered on an individual basis, according to the merits of their case, for promotion on probation.
  1. In case of suspension, the student may be given the opportunity to make up the work missed. However, teachers are not obliged to give students tests or quizzes.
  1. The valedictorian is the student who places first in overall average throughout the four (4) years of studies at Mopan Technical High School. The salutatorian would be the student who places second in overall average throughout the four (4) years of studies  at Mopan Technical High School. 

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The Grade Point Average (GPA)

In order to align itself with other schools, Mopan Technical High School is now adopting the GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) system, which is based on credit hours and quality points. The Grade Point Average is a weighted report of a student’s academic progress over a specified period of time.

A credit hour or simply a credit is equivalent to one class period per week for one semester. A quality point is the grade obtained in a subject multiplied by the number of credit hours (or credits) in that subject. In first form, for example, Integrated Science consists of four periods. This means that Integrated Science has a value of four credit hours or credits. If a student scores B in Integrated Science (worth 3.0), he would earn 12 quality points (obtained by multiplying 4 [credit hours] by 3.0 [grade]. The General Point Average (GPA) is obtained by adding all the quality points and dividing the sum by the total number of credits.  The Cumulative GPA is different. It is the overall average obtained by adding the GPA of all semesters and dividing the sum by the number of semesters.

The minimum level of competence required to pass is a GPA of C or 2.0.  D (1.), D+ (1.5) and F (0.5) are considered failure. There are three ways of determining whether a student has failed a semester or year.

A Obtaining a GPA of less than 2.0.

  1. Failing subjects with a combined value of eleven (11) credit hours in first and second forms and ten (10) credit hours in third and fourth form
  2. Failing English

 

 

Numerical Grade Letter Grade Equivalent Points Description
95-99 A+ 4.0 Excellent
90-94 A 3.8 Very Good
85-89 B+ 3.5 Good
80-84 B 3.0 Good
75-79 C+ 2.5 Satisfactory
70-74 C 2.0 Pass
65-69 D+ 1.5 Below Average
60-64 D 1.0 Below Average
0-59 F 0.5 Poor

*The highest GPA that a student can achieve is a 4.0 (A+). Below is the Grading System Table.

Credit Hours: First  Form And Second Forms

Subject Credit Hours Quality Points
Integrated English 8 32
Math 8 32
Spanish 3 12
Integrated Science 4 16
Belizean Studies 3 12
Agriculture 3 12
Technical Drawing 2 8
Woodwork/ Food & Nutrition 2 8
Clothing & Textile/ Building Construction 2 8
Information Communication Technology 4 16
Life Skills 2 8
Physical Education 2 8
Religious Studies 2 8
Music 2 8
Total 47 188
Subject Credit Hours Quality Points
Integrated English 6 24
Math 7 28
Spanish 3 12
Integrated Science 4 16
Social Studies 3 12
Agriculture 3 12
Technical Drawing 3 12
English B 3 12
Woodwork/ Food & Nutrition 3 12
Clothing & Textile/ Building Construction 3 12
Computer Science 2 8
Total 40 160

Third & Fourth Forms :                         ACADEMIC / BUSINESS

VOCATIONAL/ TECHNICAL

              The academic year consists of two semesters, each with a duration of 18 weeks.

Subject Credit Hours Quality Points
English A 5 20
English B 3 12
Spanish 3 12
Math 6 24
Computer Science 5 20
Biology (4th form only) , Biology/ Human and Social Biology (3rd form only) 5 20
Chemistry 5 20
Physics/ Agriculture 5 20
Social Studies 3 12
Total 40 160

Each semester is worth 40% of the yearly average. At the end of the second semester,

Subject Credit Hours Quality Points
English A 5 20
Spanish 3 12
Math 6 24
Computer Science 5 20
Social Studies 3 12
Economics 5 20
Principles of Business 5 20
Principles of Accounting 4 16
Office Administration 4 16
Total 40 160

end of the year exams are given. These exams are worth 20% of the yearly academic average.

Subject Credit Hours Quality Points
English A 5 20
Spanish 3 12
Math 6 24
Computer Science 5 20
Agriculture 5 20
Technical Drawing 5 20
Clothing & Textile/ Metalwork 3 12
Food & Nutrition/ Woodwork 3 12
Integrated Science/ Principles of Business 5 20
Total 40 160

Below are the standardized assessment criteria for the different departments.

 

 

Language and Vocation/ Technical Departments

Tests                                                             – 30%

Projects                                                      – 30%

SBA/ Assignments                                   – 25%

Quizzes                                                       – 10%

Participation                                              – 5%

 

Business Department (Third and Fourth Forms Only)

Tests – 30%

Projects – 30%

Assignments/ Presentations – 20%

Quizzes – 15%

Participation – 5%

 

Mathematics Department

Tests – 40%

Projects – 10%

Assignments – 20%

Quizzes – 20%

Participation – 10%

Science Department

 

Test – 35%

Lab/project – 35%

Quizzes – 15%

Assignment – 10%

Participation – 5%