We are committed to supporting all students in their learning throughout this school closure. We know that reporting on student progress is an important part of the partnership between families and schools. We are also aware that changes to grading have lasting impacts on students’ learning experiences. When we return to school buildings, our staff will work together to reassess student needs, and ensure students have the skills to succeed in next-level coursework.
We have developed the grading guidance below with the following goals in mind:
- Maintain flexibility for teachers and students
- Minimize disruption for students
- Ensuring grades and assignments should only benefit students and not negatively affect their grades during this time
- Provide families and students accurate feedback about students’ progress
- Support all students through this emotionally challenging time
- Consider the complex needs of all students, while supporting academic progress
Traditional 3rd quarter conferences will not occur for elementary. Staff will check in weekly with families. End of year report cards will be a narrative summary of progress in key areas. Additional information regarding report cards will be forthcoming.
Middle School Quarter 3 and final report cards will both reflect the following changes:
- Students have the opportunity to complete assignments and improve existing grades.
- Students will not receive zeros. Unfinished or missing assignments in Quarters 3 and 4 will not count negatively toward a student’s grades.
- Student grades will not drop lower than they were on March 13th - grades can only be improved.
- Possible grades include: 4, 3, 2, continuing progress (CP) and N/A (for standards not taught).
MMSD will be implementing a pass/no pass system for final second semester grades for all high school courses. We recognize that there are no perfect options for addressing grading, because the current situation is far from ideal.
This decision aligns with our overall goals for high school grading that include:
- Providing teachers and students with maximum flexibility
- Ensuring there is no disruption to student GPAs and/or credit attainment
- Collecting evidence of student learning through progress monitoring and feedback
- Supporting all students through this emotionally challenging time
- Ensuring grades should only benefit students from March 13th until the end of the school year
Pass/no pass will freeze GPA as it stands after the first semester and will not impact a student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA). Definitions of Pass/No Pass are listed below:
Pass - Student has met minimum requirements for content standards. A grade of D (59.5%)- or higher is passing.
No Pass - Student has not met minimum requirements for content standards. Every effort has been made to ensure that students received feedback and multiple opportunities to demonstrate mastery of standards. Students will receive a No Pass (NP) for the course(s)
Teachers will continue to assign work and record the scores in the Infinite Campus (IC) gradebook. As assignments are completed and graded by teachers, students and families will be able to see grades in IC. These grades provide feedback regarding student performance on Virtual learning assignments. Please note, there will be no final exams for courses this year.
We recognize that there are still some unknowns during this unprecedented time. Please know we are protective of the future post high school plans of our students. College admissions offices have been clear that they will be understanding of the various ways high schools will be approaching grading during these last two quarters.
MMSD will provide letter grades when requested by a third party (examples: academic scholarship, post-secondary admission needs, NCAA athletic eligibility, etc). More details and processes will be forthcoming.