What is TEA’s guidance regarding grading for districts doing distance learning with students during this time?
Each district has the authority to adopt its own grading policy. Districts may wish to modify grading policies to account for providing instruction in a distance learning format. Educators should try to focus on getting sufficient information to determine levels of proficiency for students to ensure they are prepared to be academically successful moving into the next school year.
TEA Guidance on Grading Continued
Options to consider for grading include the following:
Districts may choose to delay the recording of grades for a short period of time (e.g. the first week of implementation of remote learning) to allow students and teachers time to transition to a different method for teaching and learning.
Districts may opt to record fewer grades than they would if school were open. However, educators should ensure they are able to monitor student progress through some means.
Campuses/teachers may choose to require minimum/maximum number of assignments for which grades will be recorded.
Districts may choose to provide self-addressed, stamped envelopes for students to return specific assignments for grading.
Families who have mobile devices including cell phones and tablets may be able to take photographs of completed work and send the photos back to teachers for review and/or for grading.
Districts may wish to implement a pass/fail approach to grading certain assignments.
Districts/campuses may provide assignments for student completion with prompt feedback from the teacher but choose not record grades for assignments.
K-8 Grading Requirements
With the change in Grading Policy, Kinder through Eighth grade will move to a Pass/Fail/Incomplete grading method for the remainder of the year based on TEA (Texas Education Agency) guidance. All semester two(final) grades will be Pass/Fail/Incomplete to ensure grades are applied fairly. Students will have until Monday, August 31, 2020, to complete assignments toward an INCOMPLETE grade.
Additionally, for the middle school campus grades, the 5th “six-weeks period” will be based on the first four weeks of the grading period, up to Friday, March 13th. Students will have opportunities to complete any missing work.
9-12 Grading Requirements
9th through 12th grade will also move to a Pass/Fail/Incomplete grading method for the remainder of the year based on TEA guidance. Semester two will be Pass/Fail/Incomplete to ensure grades are applied fairly. Students will have until Monday, August 31, 2020, to complete assignments toward an INCOMPLETE grade.
The 5th “six-weeks period” will be based on the first four weeks of the grading period, up to Friday, March 13th. Students will have opportunities to complete any missing work.
Credit denials for semester two, due to attendance, will be waived based on TEA guidance.
All semester two final exams will be marked as exempt.
Manor ISD is freezing GPA and Rank for the local selection of valedictorian and salutatorian. A resolution was also passed by the Manor ISD Board of Trustees to temporarily adjust EIC (local) for the remainder of the school year.
Senior GPA and Rank will be based on the first semester to ensure all student grades are taken into consideration (i.e. ECHS students that only receive semester grades).
Semester two GPA and Rank for grades 9 through 11 will not be calculated for the 2019-2020 school year.
Final transcripts for graduated seniors will be generated and posted in student cumulative folders once summer school and individual graduation committee meetings are completed for the 2019-2020 school year. Transcripts will need to be periodically updated to clear any incomplete grades received.