Grading will look different this spring in response to COVID-19

May 14, 2020

A new system of grading will be in effect for second semester in order to respond to the impact of distance learning on our students.

These temporary grading procedures were created in response to recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Education (see rationale for grading changes). The state recognizes that distance learning is not ideal and that it comes with many challenges for students and families. Additional stress during the pandemic, varied access to resources and time to complete assignments, and different levels of academic support provided at home can all impact a students’ ability to learn. The intent of the change in grading is to measure students’ progress and keep them learning, while also ensuring they are held harmless in light of the barriers of distance learning.

So, what will grading look like this spring?

  • High School: Students may choose traditional letter grades or Pass (P)/Not Proficient (X) independently for each class. Students should communicate to each teacher whether they are choosing a letter grade for the class or P/X. Students who do not notify teachers of their choice for a given class will default to P/X. Letter grades will count toward a GPA calculation, while P/X will earn a student credit but not count toward GPA. 
  • Middle School: Students will be graded according to Pass (P) or Not Proficient (X). However, any student taking high school level courses will have the option to choose a letter grade instead, as outlined above. Middle school counselors will work directly with students taking high school courses to discuss their options. 
  • Elementary School: All elementary students will be graded according to Satisfactory (S) or In Progress (IP). Teachers will still be writing comments so that you can better understand your child’s progress.  

HIGH SCHOOL  

Students have the option to choose what is best for them (The default setting will be P/X):

  • Letter grades with credit and GPA calculation 
  • Pass (P) or Not Proficient (X) ;Credit provided;GPA not calculated

Students may choose letter grades or Pass/Not Proficient independently for each class. Students should communicate to each teacher whether they are choosing a letter grade for the class or whether they are choosing Pass/Not Proficient. Students who do not notify teachers of their choice for a given class will default to Pass/Not Proficient. Final grades will be posted on June 8, 2020. Any errors in reporting (i.e. a "P" is given in a class and the student requested a letter grade) must be reported to the student's Pony Center by June 12, 2020.

THERE WILL BE NO CHANGES TO GRADES ON STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS AFTER JUNE 12, 2020.

Automatic Default Grading

Pass (P)

Student has demonstrated progress towards course objectives, learner outcomes and learning targets.

  • Course credits are awarded.
  • Has no impact on GPA
  • Will be noted in Skyward and on transcript that this was during COVID-19 disruption
  • Teacher must notify the student and their guardian(s), the counselor and administration for any student who receives a mark of Not Proficient (X), by May 20, 2020. 

Not Proficient (X)

Student has not demonstrated progress towards course objectives, learner outcomes and learning targets.

A student on an IEP, 504 or who receives English Learner support may not receive a Not Proficient (X) mark as a final grade. If a student is not being successful, the teacher must consult with the Case Manager and must notify the student and their guardian(s), the student’s counselor and administration by May 20, 2020. 

If a Not Proficient (X) is earned, this may impact the students’ ability to be successful in a subsequent course.  Therefore, it is at the discretion of the administration to determine appropriate course placement for the 2020-2021 school year.  

Choice of Letter Grades & GPA Calculation

Letter Grades &
GPA Calculation

Letter grades will follow the same grading percentages and parameters as originally communicated to students. A, B, C, D, X (No “F” grades will be given during this time, and will be replaced with “X” signifying Not Proficient).

GPA is automatically calculated.

Summative assessments remain as 80% of the grade calculation and 20% for formative assessments. 

A student on an IEP, 504 or who receives English Learner support may not receive an X as a final grade. If a student is not being successful, the teacher must consult with the Case Manager and must notify the student and their guardian(s), the counselor and administration by May 20, 2020. 

If any student is earning an Not Proficient (X), the teacher must notify the student and their guardian(s), the counselor and the administration by May 20, 2020. 

If a Not Proficient (X) is earned, this may impact the students’ ability to be successful in a subsequent course.  Therefore, it is at the discretion of the administration to determine appropriate course placement for the 2020-2021 school year.  


MIDDLE SCHOOL

All students will graded according to Pass (P) or Not Proficient (X)  However, any student taking high school level courses will follow the high school COVID-19 grading procedures.  Middle School Counselors will contact students taking these courses to discuss options. 

Pass

Student has demonstrated progress towards course objectives, learner outcomes and learning targets.

  • Will be noted in Skyward and on transcript that this was during COVID-19 disruption
  • If a student is going to earn a Not Proficient, the teacher must notify the student and their guardian(s), the counselor and administration by May 20, 2020. 

Not Proficient

Student has not demonstrated progress towards course objectives, learner outcomes and learning targets. 

A student on an IEP, 504 or who receives English Learner support may not receive a Not Proficient mark as a final grade. If a student is not being successful, the teacher must consult with the Case Manager and must notify the student and their guardian(s), the counselor and administration by May 20, 2020. 

If a Not Proficient is earned, this may impact the students’ ability to be successful in a subsequent course.  Therefore, it is at the discretion of the administration to determine appropriate course placement. 


ELEMENTARY

All elementary students will be graded according to Satisfactory (S) or In Progress (IP).  Illuminate will be used to report grades and develop report cards.

Satisfactory

Student has demonstrated grade level progress towards standards, learner outcomes and learning targets.

In Progress

Student has not demonstrated progress towards grade level standards, learner outcomes and learning targets. 

Before an In Progress is given to a student on an IEP, 504 or who receives English Learner support, the teacher must have consulted with the Case Manager and must notify the student and their guardian(s) and administration by May 20, 2020.