Grading and Progress Reports - Procedures - 2420-P

Mukilteo School District
Instruction - Series 2000
Grading and Progress Reports - Procedures - 2420-P

The purpose of these progress guidelines is to provide consistent procedures for students and teachers. It is the teacher's responsibility to establish timelines consistent with these procedures and consistent with appropriate instructional practice. It is the student's responsibility to complete assignments and prepare for assessments within teacher established guidelines.

  1. Non-Credit Courses - Grades 6, 7 and 8

    1. Courses in grades 6, 7, and 8 are generally non-credit courses. When a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student is scheduled into an approved credit bearing course, the progress guidelines and grading procedures for "credit courses" will apply to that course.

  2. Credit Courses - Grades 9-12

    1. Courses in grades 9-12 are generally credit courses. Middle grade students enrolled in courses which contain "the same course requirements and examinations as the high school students enrolled in the class" or "the course is similar or equivalent to a course offered at a high school in the district as determined by the School Board of Directors" will be given high school credit which will be applied to fulfilling high school graduation requirements, unless otherwise requested by the student and their family. (RCW 28A.230.090)

    2. The quarter/semester/trimester grades will be assigned by the teacher over material taught that quarter/semester/trimester.

  3. Grading Guidelines for all courses
    1. The approved grading scale (consistent with WAC 392-415-050) and grade point equivalents will be as follows for the computation of the G.P.A.

      Grade Grade Point Equivalents
      A 4.0
      A- 3.7
      B+ 3.3
      B 3.0
      B- 2.7
      C+ 2.3
      C 2.0
      C- 1.7
      D+ 1.3
      D 1.0
      F --

    2. Non-GPA marks do NOT carry GPA points and do NOT apply to the overall GPA. The P (Pass) and the CR (Credit) will award credit.

      Non-GPA Marks:
      P - Pass
      P - Pass / N - No Pass
      CR - Credit
      NC - No Credit
      S - Satisfactory / U - Unsatisfactory
      W - Withdrawn

    3. The grade "INC" will be recorded as a semester grade when a preponderance of the objectives cannot be assessed due to unusual circumstances.
      1. The grade "INC" will generate no G.P.A. points.

      2. A first semester "INC" must be resolved by the end of the summer school term directly following the school year in which it was given. A second semester "INC" must be resolved by the end of the first semester of the following school year. Exceptions due to extenuating circumstances may be appealed to the principal.

      3. "INC" (incomplete) grades that remain on the report and are not resolved will appear on the transcript as an "N" or No Pass.

      4. Resolution of an "INC" grade must take one of the following forms.
        • Achievement of course objectives through independent study over those objectives. A credit plan will be written by the originating teacher and monitored by the principal or their designee.

        • Achievement of course objectives by retaking the semester course during the regular term or the summer school term. The teacher of that course will assign a semester grade upon course completion.

        • Upon failure to fulfill the credit plan within the allotted time period, the "INC" would revert to the grade of "F" after the principal certifies that the credit plan had not been achieved. Students will be notified by mail of the change to a "F" grade.

        • Students from "Running Start" will be subject to the same requirements as Mukilteo School District students for the conversion of INCs to grades and for student withdrawal, provided it occurs within the school’s timelines.

    4. When appropriate, the principal may authorize a grade of "Pass" or "No Pass" on an individual student basis only and only for good cause.

    5. All marks/grades for all courses taken will be included in the calculation of grade point averages except for:

      1. Non-numerical marks/grades will be excluded from the calculation of grade point averages, and

      2. Only the highest mark/grade earned for a class/course taken more than once to improve a mark/grade will be included in the calculation of grade point averages.

        This exception will not apply to recurring courses. Recurring courses are not considered repeated courses taken for the purpose of improving a mark/grade. Recurring courses are those taken by a student to further develop their understanding and skills in the subject (e.g. journalism, advanced art or drama, concert band, etc.) or is taken by the student more than once to satisfy different credit requirements (e.g. advanced drama taken three times to meet an elective requirement, an art requirement, and the occupational education requirement.)

      3. Credits attempted for courses taken more than once to improve a grade/mark may count only once toward the number of credits required for graduation.

      4. Credits attempted for courses taken more than once to improve a grade may count toward the number of credits required for graduation on the condition that the letter grades earned for all attempts are included in the calculation of the student's grade point average. Districts and schools will not convert letter grades to non-numerical grades/marks for the purpose of this subsection. (Consistent with WAC 392-415-050.)
    1. Student grades are to be based primarily upon demonstrated achievement of learning objectives. Achievement may be demonstrated by a combination of tests, quizzes, and the quality of work or performance in class and/or on homework assignments, products or other performance assessments. Provisions for grade determination will be defined in the course syllabus as approved by the building administrator. The course syllabus will be reviewed with students during the first two weeks of the course and a copy will be made available to parents. Teachers will make provisions for accepting late work for students with extenuating circumstances which are to be consistent with building attendance policies.

    2. The Board believes that homework is a constructive tool in the teaching/learning process when geared to the needs and abilities of students. Homework assignments not only enhance students’ achievement but also develop self-discipline and associated good working habits.

    3. Student or parent appeals to semester/trimester grades assigned must be initiated within 45 calendar days immediately following the grading period in question. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the building principal.

    4. Enrichment learning is encouraged through the completion of enrichment opportunities.
  1. Weighted Class Rank

    A Weighted Class Rank formula will give extra "weight" to Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. In this way, the difficulty of the courses selected is added to student grade average to determine class rank. A weighted class rank will provide an incentive for students to take challenging course work. This will have no impact on student grade point average.

    The Weighted Rank Score will be based on a 4-point scale.

    1. Courses labeled "Honors" will receive +.25 on a GPA scale. For example, a "B" grade, normally a 3.0 GPA, would calculate as a 3.25 GPA for an "Honors" course.
    2. Courses labeled "Advanced Placement" (AP) will receive +.5 on a GPA scale. For example, a "B" grade, normally a 3.0 GPA, would calculate as a 3.5 GPA for an "AP" course.
    3. The unweighted GPA rank will appear on the official State transcript.
    4. In addition to the official State transcript, students may request a District transcript containing both the weighted and unweighted GPA.

  2. Schedule Changes - High School (Exception: Alternative High School)

    1. Schedule Changes After The First Two Days: Schedule changes requested at any time after the second day of the semester must be approved by the administration before the change is implemented. Prior to being submitted to the Assistant Principal, a REQUEST TO CHANGE SCHEDULE form is to be completed by the teachers involved, the counselors, and the parent for recommendations and signatures. The following guidelines will be used by the administration in the handling and processing of schedule change requests.

      1. Withdrawal from a class at any time during the semester will generally be approved when the parent, teacher, and counselor recommend the action based on extenuating circumstances over which the student has little or no control and which makes continuance for course credit appear unlikely. In such cases, approved withdrawals will result in a "W" on the transcript with no credit awarded and no affect on the student's grade point average (GPA).

      2. A withdrawal request initiated by a student who has failed to meet their class obligations, which includes regular attendance, or who requests withdrawal for reasons other than the "extenuating circumstances" as defined above may be denied, or may be permitted by the principal with a grade of "F" to be entered on the transcript. The subject title and "F" grade will be entered on the student's transcript and become a part of the cumulative GPA.

  3. Progress Reporting Procedures

    Progress and grade reporting procedures will be as follows for each middle and high school student:

      1. In recognition of the importance of providing regular and timely communication of student progress, secondary teachers will be responsible for posting grades in the student information system at least twice a month, or as appropriate to the program or course.

      2. Report Card: Each student will be issued a report card at the end of each quarter and the semester or each trimester. The report card will include a grade for each quarter and a semester grade or trimester grade which is computed by the teacher--Each teacher will provide summary information on each material taught as requested by the student or parent.

      3. Grade Books: Teacher gradebooks will be retained in the electronic format of the student information system for a period of five years after the end of the school year, as prescribed by law.

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