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2nd Semester Grading - FAQ's

Dear Students and Families,

In an effort to clarify our school closure grading guidelines, we would like to provide you with some information and answers to some of your frequently asked questions.

 

Snoqualmie Valley School District is following grading guidelines set forth by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).  For more infomation visit their COVID distance learning resource page.

 

On Monday, May 11, each family received a report comparing students’ grades at the time of the closure to their current grades (reflective of student performance on work assigned both before and after the closure). Our purpose for sending this report is to give students and their families a picture of whether students are improving academically, maintaining their academic status, or seeing a drop in grades during remote learning. Teachers will also be reviewing the status of each of their students and reaching out to students who are seeing a drop in grades with offers of support. Our goal during remote learning is to prepare students for the next course and next school year.

 

Below is the grading framework developed and adopted by OSPI:


Grades 9–12 and middle will be graded using the following principles:

  • Do no harm! (this means no "F" grades will be given for 2nd semester)
  • Every student will get an opportunity to improve their grade with their March 17 status as a baseline.
  • No student will receive a “pass,” “fail,” or “no credit” grade for any course. (One exception is for students on an IEP/504 that previously has identified pass/fail as their accomodation.)
  • Teachers will assign grades or assign an “incomplete” for students who cannot engage in an equitable way. (The ONLY instance where a student will receive an incomplete is if they have not engaged in remote learning, not contacted their teacher by June 19, submitted work of significantly lower quality, or does not demonstrate proficency in the standard material presented.)
  • Every class taken during the closure period will be given a statewide designator on the high school transcript to denote the unique environment in which the course was taken.
  • Students assigned an “incomplete” for a course on June 19 will be given opportunities to re-engage in the learning standards based on local school district decisions in consultation with the student/parents/guardians, including but not limited to:
  • Summer school
  • Courses in the following term/year
  • Independent study
  • Competency based or online courses
  • Backfilling the incomplete grade with the letter grade obtained in the next course taken in that subject area.

 
 

Please see below for some common questions asked:

 

What if my child's grade has improved since the closure?

If the student's grade improves since the closure, the higher grade will be recorded as the final grade when the grading period ends.

 

What if my student's grade has dropped since the closure? 

Email your child’s teacher(s) immediately if your child’s grade has dropped during remote learning. You can schedule an appointment for your child to attend the teacher’s office hours and develop a plan to complete missing work or improve work, and get help in a smaller group setting with course material if needed. Or, you can ask the teacher what your child needs to do in order to make up ground during the next 6 weeks. Our teachers are looking forward to hearing from you and providing this support.

If your child's grade has dropped during remote learning but he/she is engaging in remote learning and submitting work of acceptable quality, the final grade will remain what it was recorded as at closure.

 

Will my student receive an "incomplete" if their grade has dropped since the closure?

We want to everything we can not to let that happen.  As stated above, if your child's grade has dropped, contact your child's teacher. 

The ONLY instance where a student will receive an incomplete is if they have not engaged in remote learning or contacted their teacher, submitted work of significantly lower quality, or does not demonstrate proficency in the standard material presented. 

Students have until June 19th (final day of school) to address why their grade has dropped.

 

What if my child had an "F" at closure which has not improved?

No "F's" will be given. The final grade will be recorded as an "incomplete."  Interventions will be available to students to receive credit for the incomplete class on a case by case basis.

 

What are the options if my child does receive an "incomplete?"

If a student does not resolve their grade with their teacher prior to June 19 and is assigned an “incomplete” for a course he/she will be given opportunities to re-engage in the learning standards in consultation with the student/parents/guardians, including but not limited to the options listed above.

 
 

Our teachers are committed to minimizing the number of “incomplete” grades awarded at the end of this school year. During the remaining six weeks, our school teams want to work closely with you and your child to provide the support needed for your child to end the year successfully and be academically prepared for the next school year. We appreciate your partnership in this work, and we understand the challenges you’re facing as you help your child adjust to learning from home.

 

Please continue to reach out to us with questions and concerns.