Grading During Remote Learning
During our Remote Learning Plan for School Closure the goal for grading is to monitor progress of student learning in order to provide feedback, tailor support and design instruction that maintains educational continuity. These Grading Guidelines are designed to benefit and support students as they continue the transition to a new format of learning.
The extended emergency closures caused by COVID-19 are unprecedented for area school districts. There has been extensive discussion and collaboration about how to handle grades during remote learning. As a district, keeping students at the heart of our decisions, these guiding principles were used in the development. Priority is placed on:
- Students’ social and emotional well-being
- Students’ opportunity to continue learning (equity and access)
- Student success (mastery approach)
- Valuing student work and teacher expertise
Our plan is designed to relieve student stress and encourage participation as we help students master the remaining curriculum content with meaningful teacher feedback.
Our goal is grace > grades.
View or download the guidelines here.
Grading Guidelines FAQ
Were grades taken for assignments completed during Phase 2 (March 23-April 3)?
Grades were not taken during Phase 2. Only assignments made and completed on or after April 6th (Phase 3) will be used to determine whether a student has “Met Standard”.
How will assignments be graded?
- Kindergarten - 2nd Grade: We will continue to use the portfolio method of collecting evidence of student growth. The 4th 9-week portfolio will continue to indicate S or N based on weekly evidence. Art, Music, PE and Citizenship/Work Habits will not be assigned a grade for the 4th 9-weeks.
- Grades 3-12: In lieu of numerical grades for assignments during the 4th 9-weeks, teachers will record student progress as:
- Met Standard (Listed as MS in the grade book)
- Not Met Standard (Listed as NM in the gradebook)
How will “Met Standard” be defined?
In order for a student to achieve “Met Standard” on assignments, teachers will evaluate student participation within the content as well as performance on each assignment and progress toward mastery of the essential standards. Board policy defines mastery or passing as 70%.
How will 4th 9-weeks grades be calculated for grades 3-12 in each course/subject?
In order for a student to achieve “Met Standard” for the final 4th 9-weeks grade, teachers will evaluate student participation within the content as well as performance on each assignment and progress toward mastery of the essential standards throughout the grading period. At the end of the 4th 9-weeks:
- A 100 will be recorded in the grade book for students who have demonstrated that they have “Met Standard” for the course/subject.
- A 69 will be recorded in the grade book for students who have “Not Met” the standards of the course/subject.
Will students in grades 6-12 take semester exams?
No, semester exams will not be administered in the Spring of 2020.
How will the Spring Semester grade be determined for grades 6-12?
For the Spring Semester of 2020, the 3rd and 4th 9-weeks final grades will be averaged to calculate the semester grade for each course. As a reminder, the 3rd 9-weeks grading period was completed before spring break.
What will happen if a student does not earn credit for a course?
Students who do not receive course credit will be required to regain credit through opportunities provided by the district.
How will ranking GPA be calculated for seniors?
The 3rd 9-weeks was completed before spring break, so GPA calculations for current seniors were not impacted by remote learning.
How will GPA be calculated for secondary students in Grades 11 and below?
Semester averages will count toward the student’s GPA for all high school courses taken in spring 2020. However, students may choose to opt out of including the spring semester grade in the GPA calculation. Grades will appear on the transcript, but not be included in GPA calculations under the opt out plan.
Will courses still be weighted as Honors (4.5) and Distinguished (5.0) in the GPA calculations?
Yes, GPA will be calculated using the weights provided in PISD Board Policy.
When will students be able to opt out of GPA for grades 11 and below?
The district will set a deadline for this opt out request. Information will be shared by each campus regarding procedures and timelines as they are available.
Why is the district providing an opt out opportunity for GPA?
In order to remove any potential penalty for students in this remote learning environment, students will have the choice to opt out of including this semester in GPA calculations.
Will Dual Credit students use the same grading guidelines?
Students enrolled in Dual Credit courses will follow the grading guidance provided by Collin County Community College. The same GPA opt out policy will be available for students in dual credit classes.
How will these grading guidelines be applied for students at the Academy High School?
PAHS will continue to use the standards-referenced, proficiency-based scoring for reporting student progress throughout the spring semester. The same GPA opt out policy will be available for students at Academy High School.