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Grading Guidelines

The COVID-19 global pandemic has created major disruptions and difficulties for every family. Yet, we are committed to supporting our students and creating learning opportunities for every learner to the greatest extent possible during this time of crisis. We recognize that switching to remote learning has been a tremendous adjustment for all of us. In addition, we understand that students have varying levels of support and instructional resources at home.
 
Below you will find answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the new guidelines. On the right, you will find copies of the full letters that were sent home to parents.
 
Grading Guidelines for the Remainder of the
2019 - 2020 School Year
Q&A
  • The grading guidelines will stay in effect for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year regardless of when we return to classrooms.
  • Pre-K  - 12:  Grades will be based on student participation in remote learning and completion of assignments. Teachers will maintain daily communication with their students to ensure the student’s understanding of content and evaluate their participation in the instructional activities.
 
  • Grades 1 - 12:  Students will receive one grade at the end of the six weeks: Pass (100%), Fail (69%), or Incomplete (I).
 
  • Pre-K and Kindergarten Only: No grades will be entered in Skyward as is our normal practice in these grade levels. In addition, parents will not receive the Standards-based report card for the remainder of the school year. Teachers will use the parent/student contact log to maintain documentation of the checks for student participation weekly.
 
  • 5th Six weeks: Students in grades 1 – 12 will receive one grade of Pass (100%), Fail (69%), or Incomplete (I) at the end of the six weeks. Grades taken in the 5th six weeks prior to Spring Break will not be calculated in the 5th six weeks average.
    • Pre-K and Kindergarten Only- No grades will be entered into Skyward as is our normal practice in these grade levels. In addition, parents will not receive the Standards-based report card for the remainder of the school year. Teachers will use the parent/student contact log to maintain documentation of the checks for student participation weekly.
 
  • 6th Six Weeks: Students in grades 1 -12 will receive one grade of Pass (100%), Fail (69%), or Incomplete (I)at the end of the six weeks.
    • Pre-K and Kindergarten Only- No grades will be entered into Skyward as is our normal practice in these grade levels. In addition, parents will not receive the Standards-based report card for the remainder of the school year. Teachers will use the parent/student contact log to maintain documentation of the checks for student participation weekly.
  • Any grades recorded in the 5th six weeks prior to Spring Break will not be counted in the calculation of the 5th six weeks average. Students will receive a pass, fail, or incomplete for the 5th six weeks based on the new grading guidelines listed above.
  • Pass (100%): In order for a student to Pass for the grading period, the student must regularly communicate with their teacher(s), participate in daily instructional activities, and show progress in the content. Students can show participation in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, completing weekly lessons, participating in online instruction, phone calls with their teachers, etc.
 
  • Fail (69%): The student did not regularly communicate with the teacher. The student did not participate in the daily instructional activities and made no effort to complete the assignments after several contacts from the teacher.
 
  • Incomplete (I): The student did not participate in any remote learning assignments or after several attempts made by District personnel, the District was unable to contact the student.
  • Grades 1 - 12: A single grade of Pass (100%), Fail (69%) or Incomplete (I) will be entered into Skyward at the end of the 5th six weeks and the 6th six weeks. Daily grades will not be entered into Skyward for the last two grading periods. Parents will also receive a report card in the mail.
 
  • Pre-K and Kindergarten Only: No grades will be entered in Skyward as is our normal practice in these grade levels. In addition, parents will not receive the Standards-based report card for the remainder of the school year. Teachers will use the parent/student contact log to maintain documentation of the checks for student participation weekly.
No. Campuses will not administer final exams in May 2020. [Exceptions may apply to students enrolled in a Dual Credit Course(s).]
  • Yes. Students will receive course credit for two semesters of learning, which is our normal practice.
 
  • The first semester credits students received in December 2019 included 1st, 2nd, and 3rd six weeks grading periods along with any appropriate semester exams.
 
  • The second semester will consist of the 4th, 5th, and 6th six weeks without any semester exams. (See Dual Credit section for exceptions). The 4th, 5th, and 6th six weeks grading periods will be averaged for the second semester grade.

Dual Credit students will receive two separate grades this semester: One for Frenship High School and one for Angelo State University. 

  • FHS Grade: A passing grade will be a 100 and a failing grade will be a 69, per the updated Grading Guidelines announced by the District.
 
  • ASU Grade: Dual Credit students will receive a traditional grade for ASU based on the work the student completes while remote learning.  The grade in Skyward is not reflective of the ASU grade.  For example, a student could receive a 100 for the FHS grade and a C with ASU for college credit. Dual Credit teachers are using Blackboard, Schoology or emailing students to communicate the ASU grade. 
 
  • Important Reminder:  Students need to be working hard and completing all assignments because the quality and accuracy of  the work done in remote learning will directly affect the college grade the student receives.  Please reach out to your teacher or counselor if you have any questions. 
  • The GPA calculation for students in grades 9 - 12 will follow the existing board policy. Students who receive course credit for Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP), Dual Credit, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses will receive the additional GPA points as outlined in our existing policy EIC (LOCAL).
  • For the senior class of the 2019-2020 school year, the determination of local honors, including Valedictorian and Salutatorian, shall be based on the grades available at the end of the 4th six weeks grading period instead of the end of the 5th six weeks grading period.
 
*[Pending Board Approval of Policy EIC (Local) revision at the April 20 School Board meeting.]
  • Students in grades 9 - 12 who do not receive course credit will be required to re-gain credit through our normal credit recovery process, either during the summer or next school year. Please contact your campus principal if you have specific questions regarding course credit.
  • Pre-K and Kindergarten Only: No grades will be entered in Skyward as is our normal practice in these grade levels. In addition, parents will not receive the Standards-based report card for the remainder of the school year. Teachers will use the parent/student contact log to maintain documentation of the checks for student participation weekly.
 
Promotion will be based on the following:
  • Grades in the 1st six weeks grading period through the 4th six weeks grading period
  • Grades earned for the 5th and 6th six weeks grading period [i.e. Pass (100%), Fail (69%), or Incomplete (I)]
  • Teacher and campus principal input
 

Please contact the campus principal if you have specific concerns related to promotion.

  • Students who are served by Special Education or 504 will continue to receive an individualized education program as documented in the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). For specific questions, please contact your student’s teacher or the FISD Director of Special Education: