Grading Guidelines

  • As we take the next steps with our GISD Grading Practices for the 4th Nine Weeks, we would like to reflect on our belief that instruction should be designed based on the needs of students AND that our actions should be student-centered.   

    During this time, we are finding innovative ways to deliver instruction, but also are looking at our assessment practices to ensure all learners have the opportunity to succeed and are prepared for the next step in their academic journey.  

    Therefore, as we address GISD grading practices for the 4th Nine Weeks for 2019-2020, these are specific considerations that have influenced our district decision:

    • Equity of instruction & access (face to face vs. distance learning)
    • Length of time for school closure 
    • Flexibility during remote instruction
    • Unique and highly varied at-home learning setting 
    • Unique family needs during this time  
    • Impact on learner GPA Class Rank/GPA Cumulative Score 
    • Impact on NCAA eligibility criteria 

    Our adjusted grading practices are as follows:

    • For the 4th Nine Weeks (2019-2020), grades Pk-8 will utilize a complete/incomplete approach to grades for work assigned. High school credit courses will utilize existing grading scales and will continue to be used in teacher gradebooks and reported on progress reports and the final report card. Final grades will be converted and transcripted as Complete or Incomplete. Actual earned grades will still be available for students who need a record of those grades for any purpose.
    • All semester grades earned for high school, transfer, or dual credit between 3/15/2020 and the end of the regular 2019-2020 school year will be converted to a Complete/Incomplete grade scale on the student’s transcript following the final report card and will not count in GPA or Rank for any current or future GISD student.

    Elementary & Middle (PreK - 8):

    • Our educators will gather and share feedback and progress to families from a variety of work samples from at-home learning as well as will be looking at participation and completion of activities delivered and completed remotely.  
    • Teachers will continue to collect evidence for mastery of standards and learners in grades PK-2 will continue to receive feedback via Standards-Based Report Cards to the greatest extent possible. If a standard cannot be assessed in a distance learning environment, then “Not Assessed” will be indicated.
    • Learners in grades 3-5 will receive completion grades on 1 content specific assignment each week. Learning progress will be recorded and reported on the progress report and final report card as Complete or Incomplete.  
    • Learners in grades 6-8 will receive completion grades on a maximum of 2 content specific assignments each week. Learning progress will be recorded and reported on the progress report and final report card as Complete or Incomplete. 
    • Assignments will be counted equally in the “Homework” section of the teacher grade book.
    • Teachers will assess student progress in a variety of ways, such as conversations with students, pictures of journals/work/problem-solving, digital submission, etc.
    • Learners in high school credit courses at the middle school level will follow grading guidelines outlined below for high school.

    High School (9-12):

    The guidelines below are implemented for all high school credit courses:

    • 1 to 2 grades maximum will be taken per content area/course per week.
    • Assignments will be graded by teachers and recorded/reported through Skyward Gradebook, progress reports and final report card. 
    • Following completion of the school year, grades will be converted to Complete or Incomplete for transcript purposes. 
    • Assignments will be counted equally in the “Homework” section of the teacher grade book. 
    • Final exams will not be held for Spring 2020. 

    How will GPA and Class Rank be impacted? 

    • In accordance with the recently adopted board resolution (exhibit EIC) regarding GISD Board Policy EIC(Local), all semester grades earned for high school, transfer, or dual credit between 3/15/2020 and the end of the regular 2019-2020 school year will be converted to a Complete/Incomplete grade scale on the student’s official transcript and will not be included in weighted or cumulative GPA.
    • Graduation Honors: GPA and Class Rank for senior graduation honors will be determined using grades earned using semester grades earned for high school, transfer, or dual credit before 3/15/2020  based on audited senior transcripts and will include transfer students who have enrolled since mid-year rank. Graduation honors will be communicated no later than the final progress report date on May 12th.
    • Final class rank for all students in grades 9-12 will be determined after the close of the semester, and will also be based only on grades using semester grades earned for high school, transfer, or dual credit before 3/15/2020. All semester grades earned for high school, transfer, or dual credit between 3/15/2020 and the end of the regular 2019-2020 school year will be converted to a Complete/Incomplete grade scale on the final transcript and excluded from class rank and GPA.
    • Richarte HS-Learners who are receiving their instruction through Richarte High School will receive guidance from their campus and will follow the grading practice in alignment with the accelerated curriculum expectations.  All semester grades earned for high school, transfer, or dual credit between 3/15/2020 and the end of the regular 2019-2020 school year at Richarte High School will also be converted to a Complete/Incomplete grade scale on the student’s transcript and excluded from class rank and GPA.

    We will ensure the following commitment to all learners and families:

    • Alignment and measurement for proficiency of the standards being taught.
    • Continuing to support the use of current online learning platforms that are familiar to your learner (See Saw, Google Classroom, Edgenuity, Schoology, etc…)
    • Continuing to differentiate support for learners (GT/Special Education/504/Dual Language/ESL, etc.)
    • Learners failing the 4th nine weeks, previous nine weeks, or previous semester will be closely monitored.  The school will partner with those learners and families to provide appropriate support and steps for credit recovery, summer school or retention options as needed (to be determined on an individual basis in which parents/guardians would be participants).

    We ask that our learners and families commit to the following: 

    • Continue to be engaged in GISD at-home learning with their child 
    • Learners participate in distance learning and complete the assignments provided by educators
    • Families stay in communication with educators for specific needs for their child as they participate in GISD at-home learning