On Friday, families, staff, and students were given the grading policy by the district that will be utilized during the second semester of this school year. I wanted to summarize that notification and answer some frequently asked questions that we have received this weekend.
Grading During Distance Learning
Continuing to navigate these unusual times, the best interest of our students remains at the forefront of our thinking. As you are aware, the need to ensure continuity of learning resulted in the District’s transition to a distance learning model. While this model affords us the opportunity to stay connected with our students and continue to build upon their skills, we also recognize the unique challenges this model may present for families. It was important for us to create a grading structure that recognized and acknowledged these challenges. A team of teachers and instructional leaders across our District met over the past few weeks to engage in a discussion on how to best serve our students specifically related to grading. The team reviewed guidance from the California Department of Education and the Los Angeles County Office of Education as they developed the grading policy below that ensured students’ grades would not be harmed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The full version of the grading policy can be found on the district Distance Learning page (click on link and click on the "Distance Learning Grading Policy tab)
Below are the basic points of the plan:
Hold Harmless- Students’ final Semester 2 grade will not be less than their issued Quarter 3 grade.
Semester 2 grades will be built upon Quarter 3 grades with opportunities for students to improve throughout the remaining weeks of the semester.
(For example - If a student earned a “C” for Quarter 3, then that student will not earn lower than a “C” for Semester 2. However, that student still has the opportunity to earn a higher grade for Semester 2.)
Semester 2 grades for all students will be issued by the teacher based on an earned grade of A, B, C, Pass, or No Credit. (“Pass will be used in place of D and “No Credit” will be given for an F.)
Distance Learning Grading Policy PDF File - Click Here
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Since the second semester grade (S2) cannot be lower than the 3rd quarter grade, can my student stop working if they are happy with their 3Q grade of a certain class?
Answer: Continuing to work, even if a student has a 3rd quarter grade they are comfortable with, provides the student an opportunity to stay connected with their teacher and continue to build upon the skills that will be needed for the following school year. Ultimately, it is up to the families to decide upon and determine a work structure that will be most beneficial to their student.
Question: What will happen if my student does stop working and accepts the 3rd quarter grade as the posted 2nd semester grade?
Answer: Teachers will continue to assign work each work cycle on Friday to be due the following Friday. Teachers will continue to grade, post grades, and mark non-participations. If a student stops working, the 4th quarter grade will reflect the missing work as zeros are entered. Keep in mind, 3rd quarter grades and 4th quarter grades are just reporting periods. It is the 2nd semester grade (S2) that goes on a transcript and is counted towards GPA. A student who stops working will see the result in the 4th quarter grade. The final grade posted for 2nd semester however will not be lower than the posted 3rd quarter grade.
Question: So if my student continues to work through the 4th quarter, can my student raise their overall grade from 3rd quarter?
Answer: Absolutely. Your student can raise their grade in any class by working through their distance learning during this 4th quarter. For example, if your student had a 3rd quarter grade of F, D, C, or B in any class, they can raise that grade with their distance learning work and it will count towards their 2nd semester grade (if it's higher than their 3rd quarter grade).
Question: Why should a student continue working through distance learning if they are happy with their 3rd quarter grade?
Answer: Students get more out of education than a grade. Students learn skills, information, and routines that will benefit them throughout their educational journey. There will be a "next" and it is healthy for students to work towards what will prepare them for what that "next" is. Think back to the last time you stopped doing anything for 3 months and how you felt when it was time to start back up. At the very minimum, the district's grading policy should assist you in better pacing a student through the distance learning process.
Thank you, families, for your unwavering support as we provide the highest quality of a distance learning educational program as we can, given the unfortunate and undesired situation. We know you will put your student first when deciding how you will approach the educational plan of your student, just as we have done so in preparing and offering that educational plan. We trust you will do what you need to do for your student and we will continue to do what we do for your student. With this partnership, our students will not only get through this, they will succeed through this. GO REBS!