High School Grading Framework During COVID-19 Closure
Pasco School District is committed to providing every student the opportunity to continue to engage in learning through the remainder of this school year. Our at-home learning program will continue to focus on critical core learning standards, and learning activities provided by the district and teachers to help students progress in their learning and prepare for the next level.
Grading and Credit for High School Students
For 9th–12th Grade students, student grades will be determined as follows:
- Students may earn a grade and credit by completing the weekly assignments posted on the district website or assignments communicated directly from their teacher(s).
- All assignments will focus on priority learning standards. Teachers will provide feedback as needed for student improvement. Teachers are not required to assign letter grades for each individual assignment provided to students. Teachers will assign a final letter grade for the term, based on student engagement in the provided lessons/tasks.
- Teachers will use their professional judgment to provide feedback and record student learning, competency, and course completion. When necessary, teachers will modify grades based on the extenuating circumstances due to the school closure.
- Students with passing grades in credit-bearing courses will be awarded credit. Final letter grades of A-D will be reflected on the student’s transcript and factored into the student’s grade point average (GPA). All courses completed during Trimester 3 will be designated on the student’s transcript with a COVID-19 indicator.
- If a student is not able to meet expectations for the course, the student will receive a grade of “Incomplete” and will be provided the opportunity to complete required course work at a later date or through alternate means.
- Incompletes may be an option in narrow circumstances, and teachers should work with their building administrators if they believe there is a need to issue an Incomplete to a student.
- Teachers will focus on student equity, considering the significant impact of the school closure on vulnerable communities. Compassion, common sense, and communication challenges will be considered when making decisions about negative impacts to students’ grades. Teachers may use their professional judgment to determine competency-based credit opportunities to address the compression of available class time due to the school closure period. Final grades will be determined in alignment with PSD Equity-Informed Grading Guidance During COVID-19 School Closure (see below).
- Dual credit courses, including College in the High School (CWU), Advanced Placement (AP), and CTE Dual Credit, will follow the college guidelines.
PSD Equity-Informed Grading Guidance During COVID-19 School Closure
Consistent with Pasco School District’s guiding principles of compassion and common sense during the COVID-19 school closure, this framework ensures equity, access, and individual student/family circumstances are considered when assigning final grades for high school coursework.
This outline complements our critical mission to ensure all students remain engaged and progressing with their learning during the school closure, while accommodating for the barriers that may inhibit some students from participating fully in their learning.
Staff will consider if a student’s personal situation may have hindered his/her ability to fully participate and engage with the content and/or teacher.
Important equity questions to consider include:
- Are there individual student factors such as EL, homeless, IEP, 504, etc.?
- What is the student’s home life/living situation?
- Is there an adult at home to support the student’s learning?
- Is the student providing sibling supervision or supporting their family in other ways?
- Are experiential or other environmental factors affecting the student’s ability to participate?
- Are there mental health needs, medication, or other factors that cannot be adequately met during this time?
- What might we not know about a student’s situation?