WCS Remote Learning and Grading Plan
Updated April 16, 2020
Second Semester 2020
The State Board of Education has established that high school students are to receive no grade lower than the grade they earned in the course as of March 20, 2020, the day the Governor recommended all schools close. Because March 6 was WCS’ first day of closure, teachers should assign no final grade lower than what was earned through completed assignments and assessments as of March 6, 2020.
With the new guidance by the State, the following Remote Learning Plan will be instituted for the rest of the school closure during the 2019-20 school year.
In keeping with WCS Board Policy 4.600’s numerical grading scale, WCS is applying the following grading guidelines for grades 2-12:
Guidelines for Closing the Semester, regardless of school closure:
- Final Grading: For all practical purposes, grading for the second academic semester ends with assignments and assessments given prior to March 6th. To ensure that no grade averaging falls below the March 6 grade, all grades for the second semester will be structured in Skyward as the third quarter, and there will be no grades officially recorded as fourth quarter grades. If school remains closed, the opportunity for grade changes for the third quarter grades will close officially on May 15th. If school is back in session this semester, we will still keep one grading period. At that point, new assignments and assessments may be given and graded. Middle school students will stay in 3rd quarter related arts classes for the remainder of this academic year. Middle school students will remain scheduled into a 4th quarter related arts class in Skyward, but there are to be no grades entered into the 4th quarter grading period.
- Semester Average: The 3rd quarter grades will become the final semester grade due to the change noted above.
- Semester Exams: No final assessments, local or state, will be administered and therefore won’t be counted in the final grade.
- Quality Points: All quality points applicable first semester for secondary schools are still in place for second semester, including honors, AP, IB, and DC. The exception approved by the State Board of Education applies to AP/IB/DC examinations. It states, “LEAs shall not remove additional weighting for students who were unable to participate in the culminating exam in the spring semester of 2020 due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.”
- Grading: All teachers are expected to revisit third quarter grades to ensure grades fairly reflect what students have learned or know for standards covered during the third quarter. Teachers shall give students the opportunity to resubmit missed assignments from the 3rd quarter for credit. In addition, teachers shall allow students opportunities through remote learning to demonstrate learning of 3rd quarter standards as appropriate for their content area. These opportunities may result in a grade improvement for that assignment or standard, however no student shall receive a grade lower than the grade earned in any course as of March 6th. Student work completed in response to any 4th quarter resources, activities, or assignments may be used as evidence of 3rd quarter learning of standards as appropriate by content area.
- Missed Assessments: Students who missed an assessment during the third quarter may request to take the assessment, or students may choose to allow their grade to be finalized without the assessment included.
- 2020-21 School Year Planning: Scope and Sequence guides will be adjusted for next year’s courses to include missed standards from the prior year’s courses. This spiraling will vary from course to course but will help ensure students have the essential foundation needed for the next level course.