Grading Policy Remote Learning Period & SY 2019-2020

MAY 4, 2020

FRENCH | PORTUGUESE | SPANISH

Dear BPS Families,

 

I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones well.

 

As we begin term 4 amid such unusual circumstances, I wanted to provide you with a detailed breakdown of how we will be grading student work for terms 3 and 4. Those details are enclosed below.

 

Our goal is to set expectations for consistent engagement and effort so that each student begins the new term with a clear understanding of how their work will be evaluated. The guiding principle behind these grading policies is that the extended closure will not harm a student’s academic grade point average. Please note that there are three separate grading policies, one for students in grades K-5, one for students in grades 6-8 and one for students in grades 9-12.

 

We understand that some of our students are dealing with serious personal difficulties right now. I want to urge you to contact your child’s school if at any point between now and the end of the school year he or she experiences personal struggles that make it hard to focus on schoolwork. Our team is here to support you and your family.

 

Additionally, I know that some families do not have Internet access at home. If you do not have a WIFI connection, please call the main office line at your child’s school so that we can make alternate plans to provide your child with their assignments.

 

Please email your child’s principal if you have any questions about this grading policy.

 

Thank you for supporting our school community throughout this extended closure. Together we will finish this school year strong.

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Thomas


 

Grades K-5 Grading Policy for Remote Sessions and SY 2019-2020

Term 3 (Ends May 1):

 

K-5 teachers will assess students’ standards-based performance on work completed up to March 12, 2020, which was when school closed and remote learning began. Teachers will utilize the current Brockton Public Schools report card. This includes all content areas, as well as specialists.

 

Students should not receive scores lower than term 2 due to school closure.

 

Term 4 (May 4 to June 24, 2020):

 

K-5 teachers will assess students based on their engagement with and participation in Remote Learning activities.

 

Students will be evaluated with a rubric that defines their level of achievement as either:

 

o   Student participated in remote learning activities or

o   Student sometimes participated in remote learning activities or

o   Student did not participate in remote learning activities

 

Parents/guardians can help their children achieve the “Student participated in remote learning activities” level by ensuring they consistently complete the assignments emailed to them by their teachers, that they respond to teacher emails and that they participate in enrichment activities available on the Clever platform.


Grades 6 – 8 Grading Policy for Remote Sessions and SY 2019-2020

 

The guiding principle for determining either term or year grades will be that the extended closure will not harm a student’s academic grade point average.

 

As we address the social, emotional and academic needs of our students and families during this difficult time, it is our expectation as a district that all students will be given every opportunity to earn a passing grade for terms 3 and 4. The information below provides current guidance on grading during this period of extended closure and will not replace current grading policies beyond this closure. 

 

Term 3 (Ends May 1):

 

Students will be assigned a letter grade for term 3 that reflects the assignments that were completed through March 12, which was when school closed and remote learning began.

 

If you and your child are satisfied with his/her grade as of March 12, then that grade will be his/her grade for term 3.

 

If you and your child are dissatisfied with his/her grade as of March 12, then he or she will be given the opportunity to complete two assignments that would assist in the improvement of their overall term 3 grade. These can be assignments owed to a teacher and not completed before March 12, enrichment activities assigned while school has not been in session, or newly created assignments that the teacher will assign a grade or point value.

 

The grade or points obtained on these make-up assignments will be worked into a revised term 3 grade average. A grade can only improve with this make-up work, it can’t go down.

 

Students will earn the highest grade for term 3 between

 

1)      work completed prior to March 12 or

2)      work completed prior to March 12 plus assigned make-up work. 

 

The deadline for make-up work for term 3 will be Friday, May 22.

 

Any student who had a failing grade as of March 12 and does not engage in any of the make-up opportunities prior to May 22 will be given an incomplete in term 3. There will be no automatic failures for term 3.

 

Students who are assigned an incomplete will be required to participate in a make-up program that will be planned at a later date.

 

Term 4 (May 4 to June 24, 2020):

 

The student work assigned on a weekly basis by teachers and communicated to your child via email will be judged on a credit/no credit basis.

 

Students who regularly engage and make an effort to complete their assignments will be given credit. Students who demonstrate a chronic lack of communication and participation will not be given credit and will be assigned an incomplete for the fourth term. Those students will be required to complete make-up assignments. The details of a make-up program for term 4 will be determined at a later date.

 

Students who receive credit for term 4 will be assigned their highest grade earned in term 1, 2 or 3. The highest term grade will become their term 4 grade.

 

There will be no automatic failures for term 4.

 

Final Grades

 

A student’s final grade will be his/her highest grade from term 1, 2, or 3 provided that he/she did not receive an incomplete in either term 3 or 4. 

 

Students who receive an incomplete in term 3 or 4 will also receive an incomplete as their final grade. Those students will be required to complete make-up assignments. The details of a make-up program for term 4 and final grades will be determined at a later date.

 

Appeal Process

 

Any student who believes the aforementioned policy has resulted in a negative impact on their grades can appeal the decision. An automatic review of their grades with the appropriate school administrator(s) and personnel will ensue.


Grades 9 – 12 Grading Policy for Remote Sessions and SY 2019-2020

 

The guiding principle for determining either term or year grades will be that the extended closure will not harm a student’s academic grade point average.

 

As we address the social, emotional and academic needs of our students and families during this difficult time, it is our expectation as a district that all students will be given every opportunity to earn a passing grade for terms 3 and 4. The information below provides current guidance on grading during this period of extended closure and will not replace current grading policies beyond this closure. 

 

Term 3 (Ends May 1):

Students will be assigned a letter grade for term 3 that reflects the assignments that were completed through March 12, which was when school closed and remote learning began.

 

If you and your child are satisfied with his/her grade as of March 12, then that grade will be his/her grade for term 3.

 

If you and your child are dissatisfied with his/her grade as of March 12, then he or she will be given the opportunity to complete a minimum of one and a maximum of three assignments that would assist in the improvement of their overall term 3 grade. These can be assignments owed to a teacher and not completed before March 12, enrichment activities assigned while school has not been in session, or newly created assignments that the teacher will assign a grade or point value.

 

The grade or points obtained on these make-up assignments will be worked into a revised term 3 grade average. A grade can only improve with this make-up work, it can’t go down.

 

Students will earn the highest grade for term 3 between

 

3)      work completed prior to March 12 or

4)      work completed prior to March 12 plus assigned make-up work. 

 

The deadline for make-up work for term 3 will be Friday, May 22.

 

Any student who had a failing grade as of March 12 and does not engage in any of the make-up opportunities prior to May 22 will be given an incomplete in term 3. There will be no automatic failures for term 3.

 

Students who are assigned an incomplete will be required to participate in a make-up program that will be planned at a later date.

 

Term 4 (May 4 to June 24, 2020):

 

The student work assigned on a weekly basis by teachers and communicated to your child via email will be judged on a credit/no credit basis.

 

Students who regularly engage and make an effort to complete their assignments will be given credit. Students who demonstrate a chronic lack of communication and participation will not be given credit and will be assigned an incomplete for the fourth term. Those students will be required to complete make-up assignments. The details of a make-up program for term 4 will be determined at a later date.

 

Students who receive credit for term 4 will be assigned their highest grade earned in term 1, 2 or 3. The highest term grade will become their term 4 grade.

There will be no automatic failures for term 4.

 

Last day for seniors with be Friday, June 5, 2020.

 

Final Grades

A student’s final grade will be his/her highest grade from term 1, 2, or 3 provided that he/she did not receive an incomplete in either term 3 or 4. 

 

Students who receive an incomplete in term 3 or 4 will also receive an incomplete as their final grade. Those students will be required to complete make-up assignments. The details of a make-up program for term 4 and final grades will be determined at a later date.

 

Appeal Process

 

Any student who believes the aforementioned policy has resulted in a negative impact on their grades can appeal the decision. An automatic review of their grades with the appropriate school administrator(s) and personnel will ensue.