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SVSD Grading Information for this Spring 2020

Update on April 29, 2020


Last week, OSPI released new guidance and rules for grading for Washington State schools given the school closures. Key points included:

  • Do no harm.
  • 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.
  • Teachers will assign grades or assign an “incomplete” for students who cannot engage in an equitable way.
  • 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 will be given opportunities to re-engage in the learning standards based on local school district decisions in consultation with the student/parents/guardians.

As such, Snoqualmie Valley School District will adopt the following grading practices for the current term through the remainder of this 2019-20 school year.


K-5 Grading

  • Every student will have the opportunity to improve grades during the closure, using 2nd trimester grades as a baseline for improvement. 
  • Teachers will assign the following grades for the 3rd Trimester: On Track (OT), Progressing Towards (PT), Academic Risk (AR), or No Basis for Evaluation (X). 
    • On Track (OT), Progressing Towards (PT), or Academic Risk (AR) will be assigned using 2nd trimester grades as a baseline. Students whose quantity or quality of work declines during the closure, leading to a final grade that is lower, will be assigned their 2nd trimester grade.
    • No Basis for Evaluation (X) will be assigned for content not addressed during the 3rd trimester, for students who cannot participate in an equitable way, and for students who choose to engage in learning opportunities outside SVSD-provided engagement plans.
  • In addition to 3rd trimester report card grades, teachers will provide consistent feedback to students during the closure with the goal of helping to improve proficiency.


6-12 Grading

  • Every student will have the opportunity to improve grades during the closure, using their grades at the time of closure as a baseline for improvement.
  • Grades of “F,” “Pass,” and “No Credit” cannot be assigned. (There is one exception, however; if a student has Pass/Fail grading in an IEP, the student will remain eligible to earn a Pass.)
  • Teachers will assign final letter grades (A - D). When insufficient evidence is available to determine a final grade (such as a lack of student participation during the closure), teachers will assign an “Incomplete” (I).
  • Students assigned an (I) or in jeopardy of receiving an (I) for a course will be given opportunities and support to complete enough work to receive a letter grade (A - D), equivalent to their grades at the time of closure.
  • Students, whose work declines leading to a final grade that is lower than their grades at the time of closure, will be given opportunities and support to earn a final grade equivalent to their grades from the March closure date.
  • We will be sending building-level communication to each student’s family in the near future about the student’s academic status at the time of the closure, and progress since the closure.


SVSD applied for the authority to waive core graduation requirements for individual seniors who were on track to graduate at the time of the closure, and may need special consideration due to unforeseen circumstances beyond their control this spring.  Administrators and the counseling staff will monitor our seniors closely and remain connected with students and families as we progress toward June. We will make a good faith effort to support seniors with earning all required credits this spring, and to ensure all students who were on-track to graduate are able to do so.


For reference, OSPI provided a Frequently Asked Questions resource today with questions that apply specifically to grading courses with high school bearing credit. The OSPI questions are addressed broadly with the goal of allowing local school districts to apply the guidance to their local needs.


Thanks for all your efforts to support your student’s learning at home.  We appreciate your partnership and flexibility as we continue to receive direction from state officials to help navigate these unusual circumstances.   


SVSD Teaching and Learning Team