Spring 2020 Grading Policy FAQ for Parents
With the instructional and logistical challenges created by eLearning, many parents have shared questions about how students will be graded for the Spring 2020 semester. We have prepared the following Frequently Asked Questions to provide additional details for parents.
What is the DPISD Spring 2020 grading policy for students?
For students in grades K-1:
Grading for the 9-weeks, for each core subject, is based on at least one graded assignment per week. Teachers will give your child a “Descriptor of Proficiency” that best reflects progress. There are four possible descriptors that teachers will use:
E = Exceeding Standards: The student who receives this descriptor is demonstrating performance that is above the grade level expectation.
M = Met Standard: This descriptor indicates that the student has met the target for the skill or concept. The goal is for all students to receive this grade (or above) by the end of the year.
P = Progressing toward Standard: The student receiving this descriptor is progressing and demonstrates basic or inconsistent application of concepts and skills.
NP = Not Progressing toward Standard: The student receiving this descriptor shows limited understanding of concepts and skills.
For students in grades 2-12:
- Students will receive a minimum of one grade each week per subject area.
- All grades will be weighted as daily assignments.
- Deadlines will be set for the completion of the assignments, but students will be given until Tuesday, May 26, to complete the work without penalty.
- Semester exams will not be given (grades 9-12).
How will spring semester averages be calculated for 2nd – 8th grades?
We do not want the fourth 9-weeks grades to negatively impact student averages. The spring semester grade will be determined by averaging the third 9-weeks average and the higher of the third or fourth 9-weeks average.
How will high school underclassmen averages/GPA and ranking be calculated this spring/year?
Because of the challenges our students and families are currently facing, we do not want the fourth 9-weeks grades to negatively impact student averages/GPA. The spring semester grade will be determined by averaging the third 9-weeks average and the higher of the third or fourth 9-weeks grade.
How will senior semester averages/GPA for the spring semester be calculated? What about senior class rank?
Because of the challenges our students and families are currently facing, we do not want the fourth 9-weeks grades to negatively impact student averages/GPA. The spring semester grade will be determined by averaging the third 9-weeks grade and the higher of the third or fourth 9-weeks grade.
Senior GPA/rank was determined at the end of the first semester in the fall. GPA/rank is not impacted by the spring semester average.
What does the parent notification of a “1” through Skyward/Canvas mean?
If your child receives a “1” in the place of a grade for an assignment, it indicates that he/she did not submit the assignment and still has the opportunity to complete it. As long as the “1” remains, it will be averaged with the existing grades until the assignment is completed.
Will students be administered the STAAR and EOC tests?
STAAR Grades 3-8 (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness): The STAAR tests for grades 3 - 8 will not be given this spring or summer.
EOC (End-of-Course): The high school End-Of-Course assessment graduation requirement is waived for the course(s) in which the student is currently enrolled if the student earns course credit this school year. It is important to note that successful completion of the course is necessary to be exempted from the EOC requirement. This includes students currently enrolled in EOC-tested courses (English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and U.S. History).
IGC (Individual Graduation Committee) (High School Counselors are in contact with these students who qualify for this option.): For students who are still working to meet assessment graduation requirements as seniors in the 2019 - 2020 school year, required performance on academic assessments to graduate is being waived for spring 2020. Current seniors may graduate through the IGC process regardless of the number of EOC assessments they still need to pass. Students will be notified of this option and the requirements for completion.
What will be the grading practices for students enrolled in Dual Credit, University of Texas OnRamps, and the Early College Academy?
Students enrolled in San Jacinto College’s Dual Credit and Early College Academy courses along with the UT OnRamps courses will follow the requirements outlined by the respective institutions.
Will we still receive 3-week and 6-week Progress Reports?
The 3-week Progress Reports for the fourth 9-weeks will be posted in the Family Access/Student Access on Thursday, April 16. The 6-week Progress Reports for the fourth 9-weeks will be posted in the Family Access/Student Access on Thursday, May 7.