District announces grading guidelines

Grading guidelines for distance learning with young boy at computer

“We know that parents are wondering about grades and how distance learning will affect their child’s grades and grade point averages,” says Dr. Janis Jordan, Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. “These guidelines are intended to ensure students continue to receive high quality instruction in the distance learning environment by providing direction regarding number of assignments and/or grades per week.”
“These are subject to change based on communication from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), “she added.

District Distance Learning Grading Guidelines for Elementary School:

•    Students will be assigned 1-2 tasks in math, science, social studies, and reading and language arts each week.
•    Grade level teams will decide on assignments based on the weekly learning targets.
•    For now, emphasis will be placed on providing rich, timely feedback to students, not on assigning grades.

District Distance Learning Grading Guidelines for Middle School Courses:

The information outlined below is for middle school courses only and does not apply to high school credit courses taught in middle school.

•    Grades will not be assigned for the 5th six-weeks so that students and families can adjust to the routines of distance learning.
•    Beginning on April 20, 2020, all graded assignments will be considered formative and weighted equally.
•    Best practices will be used with regards to formative assignments to include feedback and opportunities to re-learn concepts so that posted grades accurately reflect student learning.
•    Multiple assignments/learning tasks may be provided each week, but a maximum of 2 may be used for grade purposes.
•    Students will be provided the opportunity to complete assignments.
•    Administrative and Counselor support will be available as needed.
•    Grades should reflect mastery and be assigned based on work submitted; flexibility should be provided on due dates and students should not be penalized for late assignments.
•    Student failure decisions will occur after the closure of distance learning. More guidelines are forthcoming.

District Distance Learning Grade Guidelines for High School Credit Courses

•    All graded assignments will be considered formative and weighted equally.
•    Best practices will be used with regards to formative assignments to include feedback and opportunities to re-learn concepts so that posted grades accurately reflect student learning.
•    Multiple assignments/learning tasks may be provided each week, but a maximum of 2 may be used for grade purposes.
•    Students will be provided the opportunity to complete assignments.
•    Administrative and Counselor support will be available as needed.
•    Grades should reflect mastery and be assigned based on work submitted; flexibility should be provided on due dates and students should not be penalized for late assignments.
•    Student failure decisions will occur after the closure of distance learning. More guidelines are forthcoming.

All these guidelines are subject to change based on TEA guidelines.