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Online Platform for Competency Based Grading

At the Academy for Software Engineering (AFSE), we seek positive ways to foster student social-emotional as well as intellectual growth. Competency Based learning (CBL) enables students to focus on their skill development rather than focusing on an ambiguous numerical score. Though competency levels are numbered from 1-4, Novice, Apprentice, Practitioner, and Professional, respectively, rubrics which detail what the student is able to do at each level allows them to hone their focus on how they can improve their craft across all subjects by breaking down steps to master each skill.

SY23-24 Parent/Guardian How To Set up your JumpRope Family Account

Background: As of November 2023, AFSE Parents/Guardians now have the ability to create their own separate JumpRope accounts to view their student’s Current Grades, Missing Work, period-by-period Attendance, Schedule and new Messaging application. Previously, Parents/Guardians had to log into JumpRope using the same email/password as their student. 

Logging into JumpRope using a Family Account is not required to communicate through the new JumpRope Messaging application, Parents/Guardians can reply directly to text messages and/or emails they receive from AFSE staff through JumpRope Messaging.

JumpRope Account Information emails were sent to all verified email addresses from “Ms. Rosario via JumpRope <

If you did not receive a JumpRope Account Information email, then please log into your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) and review the “Emergency Contact” field to confirm that your current email address is accurate AND check the “Verify” box if needed. Any questions about how to update your email address or other contact information in NYCSA, please contact Parent Coordinator Ms. Rosario 212-253-3294 or [email protected]. As of School Year 2023-2024, all Parent/Guardian contact information is directly imported from your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA).

Example ‘JumpRope Account Information’ Email:

  • Open the JumpRope Account Information email.

  • Click on your unique Account Setup URL in the email.

  • Verify your First Name, Last Name and Email address. Any changes that need to be made to these fields must be made in NYCSA (New York City Schools Account - see information at top).

  • Set a New Password that is at least 8 characters long.


  • Review the JumpRope Terms of Service, then click “ACCEPT & CONTINUE.”

  • Confirm that your student is linked to your account:

  • Your JumpRope Family Account is now setup and you should be able to view all of the following information for your student:

To login to your JumpRope Family Account in the future, go to:; Enter your email address and the password that you created.


    Academy for Software Engineering 

Grading Policy

2023 - 24



Revisions from 2022-23



At AFSE, we believe that grades should reflect students’ progress in developing specific skills and habits that will help them meet graduation requirements and college and career readiness competencies.  To this end, all AFSE students will receive grades related to their overall progress with Competency Skills and Habits for Success in each course.  Throughout the semester, feedback must be frequent, accessible, and easily understood by all students and families in order for it to be meaningful and actionable.  Final grades resulting in course credits are awarded at the end of each semester (January and June). 


At AFSE, we have established expectations that students need to meet to excel in high school, in

college, and in future careers.  Competency Skills are the required skills in each course that are aligned with state and national standards and culminating assessments (Regents Examinations, AP tests, etc.).  The Habits for Success are schoolwide habits aligned with College & Career Readiness competencies.  The Habit for Success prioritized for this year is Responsibility.  Students and families are provided with rubrics for all Competency Skills and Habits for Success to support ongoing reflection, revision, and growth throughout each semester. 


Understanding Competency-Based Learning 

In Competency Based Learning:

  1. Students may take varying amounts of time to demonstrate competency of a skill.  All courses allow for reflection, revision and growth. 
  2. Each class includes explicit, measurable learning objectives so students know exactly what Competency Skill they are focusing on and the performance level they are working to achieve. 
  3. Assessment is a meaningful, non-punitive and positive learning experience for students because they are provided with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their learning and improve upon previous performance.
  4. Students receive timely, personalized support and feedback based on their individual learning needs. 
  5. Competency Skills emphasize application and creation of knowledge, along with the development of important skills and competencies.


Understanding Levels of Competency  

Across the school, we have adopted a common language and scale of 1 - 4 (0 is not assigned as a grade) to communicate performance levels.  Please note that fractional levels (i.e.,1.5, 2.5, 3.5) are currently not recorded in JumpRope or used to measure student performance with the exception of the M code (0.5) for a missing Summative Assessment and Habits for Success.  To ensure we are providing students with rigorous learning opportunities, we use the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) framework as a criteria to measure the level of rigor of each competency skill. 

Below are the performance levels:



4 (Professional)

Student has exceeded expectations for the skill or habit at this grade level 

3 (Practitioner)

Student has demonstrated proficiency of the skill or habit

2 (Apprentice)

Student is approaching proficiency of the skill or habit

1 (Novice) 

Student is developing foundational skills or habits

M (Missing):  

Applied ONLY to Summative Assessments AND Habits for Success (calculated as a score of 0.5 for each respective Competency  Skill) 

“I” (Insufficient Evidence)

Applied only to Formative Assessments to reflect insufficient evidence of proficiency that is not calculated for or against overall competency level (i.e., work not submitted or work submitted that does not meet the 1 (Novice) level criteria in the competency skill rubric).  

Applies to Habits for Success for Extenuating Circumstances.  


JumpRope Online Gradebook and Progress Reports

All students and families have access to JumpRope, an online gradebook that provides current data on students’ progress with Competency Skills and Habits for Success in each course. 


In JumpRope, students will see a list of their Competency Skills and Habits for Success, and their current level of proficiency for each.  Students can easily identify specific skills in which they have demonstrated growth or in which they need additional practice. 


To access JumpRope, students follow these steps:

  • Go to
  • Students can log in using the “Sign in with Google” option with their DOE email address OR
  • The username is the student’s DOE email address.
  • The password is the student’s DOE ID number or OSIS number (number is listed on student schedules, report cards, transcripts, and ID cards).


As of school year 2023-2024, Parents/Guardians now have the ability to create their own separate JumpRope accounts. Refer to this document for guidance on setting up Parent/Guardian JumpRope accounts.


How Courses are Graded

In JumpRope, students receive a final grade on a scale of 1 - 4 for each course.  Progress with all Academic Competency Skills within the course comprises 80% of this final grade.  Progress with AFSE’s Habit for Success (Responsibility) comprises 20% of this final grade. 


In order to determine a student’s progress with Academic Competency Skills (80% of final grade):

  • A student has the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency based on the following parameters for the each semester:
    • Summative Assessments including examples such as performance tasks, essays, projects and unit exams are weighted at 2.0 and will address one or more Competency Skills.  
      • Students will be assigned between 2 - 5 Summative Assessments
      • Each Competency Skill will be assessed 2 - 5 times in the form of Summative 


  • Formative Assessments, including examples such as quizzes, exit tickets, class discussion, and classwork tasks, are weighted at 1.0.   
  • Students will receive between 10 - 20 total Academic Competency scores for each course (Summative & Formative Assessments).  
  • All Academic Competency scores will be categorized according to the following:
    • Summative (2.0)
    • Formative (1.0)
    • Practice (0)
  • To calculate a student’s final competency level of a skill, a Weighted Average is applied that will calculate each assessment at the same value regardless of order assigned, assessed or submitted.  The Weighted Average will replace the previous Decaying Average calculation.  


In order to determine a student’s progress with the Habits for Success (20% of final grade):

  • Habits for Success will be assessed to provide students with feedback on Responsibility.  Evidence of a student’s proficiency of a skill includes on-time and complete submission of assignments to ensure timely feedback and opportunity for upgrading performance.  Students who cannot meet a deadline due to an extenuating circumstance may demonstrate Responsibility by communicating with their teacher before the deadline to request an extension. 
  • Students will receive an assessment of Habits for Success on a scale of 1 - 4 and M that is reflective of Responsibility (submission of work on-time that follows instructions of the assignment).  The code I will apply to students who have extenuating circumstances during the time period when an assessment is due (that will not count for or against student average). 
  • Students will receive feedback on Responsibility on 5-10 assessments per semester.
  • To calculate a student’s final proficiency level for Habits for Success, the competency levels for all Responsibility scores are averaged together. 


In order to determine a final grade for a course:

  • All Competency Skill grades for the course will be averaged.  That average will be 80% of the final grade for the course.
  • All Habit for Success grades for the course will be averaged.  That average will be 20% of the final grade for the course.
  • Final grades in JumpRope (1 - 4 scale) will be converted to a traditional grade (0 - 100 scale) on students’ final transcripts according to the JumpRope to Transcript Grade Conversion chart


Additional information about course grades:

  • AFSE does not rank students.
  • Courses are not weighted.
  • Transfer credits are reported on the transcript with a CR.
  • Student promotion is determined using the New York City Department of Education Academic Policy Guide
  • Each course will define the following additional information in their course grading policies:
    • Revision policies: Each course will define the conditions under which revision of an assignment will be accepted and how they will impact the grade.  This applies to assignments that were previously submitted on the designated deadline.  Courses will define the timeline for completion of revisions and any other protocols that should be followed (meeting with advisor, attendance at after-school or Saturday tutoring, etc.). These policies will be posted in the classroom and on the AFSE website.

Late Work 

Late work is any assignment that was not submitted on the designated deadline.  With respect to Competency-Based Learning, student progress is time dependent.  It is critical that students submit assessments within the parameters established to ensure that there is a reasonable period of time between assessments to incorporate feedback through practice. 


Late work at AFSE is guided by the following policies: 

  • Assignments must be turned in during the marking period and not after. 
  • Each course may additionally establish its own policy for late work policy that is transparent and included in the syllabus for the course.
  • Students have the opportunity to advocate by email to the teacher to make a formal request for additional time beyond the established deadline or marking period due to demonstrated extenuating circumstances.   


How Crew (9th & 10th) and College Huddle (11th & 12th) are graded

Crew and Huddle are assigned a grade of P or F based on participation but NOT for academic credit.  


How Labs are Graded

Students earn a Pass or Fail for each lab graduation requirement. For Regents Science Courses (Living Environment & Earth Science), science lab grades reflect a student's progress toward meeting the Regents lab requirement of 1200 minutes by June in order to be eligible to sit for the exam.  


20-Day Extensions

According to DOE Academic Policy, and aligned with our Competency-Based Learning program, eligible students are permitted up to 20 days beyond the end of the semester to continue to demonstrate and show evidence of proficiency to meet the requirements of the course.  The grades for students who have not achieved a 1.5 or greater by the end of the semester will be left blank until the end of the 20-Day Extension period.  At the end of the 20-Day Extension period the blank will be updated to a grade of 55 (no credit) if expectations are not met OR 65 - 100 if expectations are met.  


Course Extensions 

The previous policy for course extensions has been updated.  Students will now only have the extended opportunity to demonstrate learning beyond the end of the semester during the 20-Day extension period in February and July.  


Marks of “NL” and “NX”

Students who enroll in a course after it has started may have missed assignments or assessments needed to generate a complete course grade for a given marking period.  These students may be given a grade of ‘NL’ in STARS to indicate this circumstance.  NL does not have a pass/fail or numeric equivalent.  Students who receive a grade of ‘NL’ must successfully complete remaining course requirements by the end of the following semester following in order to receive a final grade and credit, as applicable.  NL’s that are not fulfilled within the permitted time period will result in a code of NC on the updated transcript. 


Schools may award a grade of Incomplete (NX) if a student has a documented, extreme extenuating circumstance that prevents him/her from completing the course in its established timeframe (e.g. surgery, death in the family).  NX does not have a pass/fail or a numeric equivalent.  A student who receives an NX (incomplete) must successfully complete remaining course requirements by the end of the following semester in order to receive a final grade and credit, as applicable.  NX’s that are not fulfilled within the established will result in a code of NC on the updated transcript.  


JumpRope to Transcript Grade Conversion




2.8 - 3




2.4 - 2.7




2 - 2.3




1.6 - 1.9








0 - 1.4








3.1 - 3.2




Semesters and Marking Periods

The school year is divided into Fall and Spring semesters. Students receive final grades on transcripts at the end of each semester. Each semester is divided into two marking periods. At the end of the 1st marking period each semester, students receive a grade of 55, 65 - 100, for each course based on progress. The 1st marking period grade is not listed on the transcript. 


Fall Semester Marking Period 1 - September 7, 2023 - November 10, 2023

Marking Period 2:  November 13, 2023 - January 30, 2024 (*final grades on transcripts)


Spring Semester Marking Period 1 - January 30, 2024 - April 19 2024

Marking Period 2:  April 29, 2024 - June 26, 2024  (*final grades on transcripts)



Plagiarizing (appropriating another’s work and using it as one’s own for credit without the required citation and attribution, e.g., copying written work from the Internet, or any other source) is considered engaging in scholastic dishonesty, and is a Level 3 infraction according to the NYC DOE citywide behavioral expectations. At AFSE, plagiarism is taken seriously.  Students are expected to demonstrate his or her own work and are not permitted to make use of Artificial Intelligence, including but not limited to ChatGPT, for assistance unless it is explicitly stated by the teacher to use the assistance of Artificial Intelligence as a tool for the assignment.  The levels of disciplinary action are as follows for violations for both formative and summative assessments:  

  • For the first offense, there should be a student/teacher conference. The student should be given the opportunity to complete a makeup assignment.  Parents should be notified by the teacher.  
  • For the second offense, the student will receive a consequential score for the assessment (1 or M). There will be no opportunity for a makeup assignment. The parents will be invited in for a conference, with the teacher and the Director of School Culture.  
  • Any further offenses will be referred for disciplinary action, as outlined by the NYC DOE citywide behavioral expectations.