4th Quarter Grading & Final Averages

The following information applies to students in grades 6-8 during the 2019-20 school year.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the need to transition to remote learning has created unprecedented challenges as it relates to providing equitable learning opportunities for all students. During this challenging and stressful time, it is important to act in the best interest of children. Our procedures for 4th quarter grading and the calculation of final course average are designed to preserve the integrity of an academic program our staff and students have invested so heavily in. The best way we can properly recognize the stress and anxiety that has encompassed our community is to suspend the assignment of numeric grades for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. In this way, we affirm that our grades and grading policies accurately and equitably reflect and support student learning.

Important notes about Middle School grading for the 4th quarter

  • The most important thing students and parents need to know is that students will not receive a failing grade for the 4th quarter for any course they are currently enrolled in that is scheduled to end in June.
  • Students will be assigned a grade of P (Pass) or I (Incomplete) for the 4th quarter of this school year.
  • A grade of P (Pass) will indicate that a student has provided enough evidence to indicate they have met the learning outcomes of the quarter.
  • A grade of I (Incomplete) will indicate such evidence has not been sufficiently provided. With this grading policy, any grade below 65 will be recorded as an I (Incomplete). The incomplete does not mean that students will have the chance to make up work to change the designation to a pass. It means that over the duration of the quarter, there was not sufficient evidence provided to indicate the student has met the learning outcomes of the course.
  • Progress reports will be provided for 4th quarter assignments and participation as of May 8. These reports will be mailed home on or about May 15.
  • Flexibility for students in meeting deadlines and completing assignments will be a priority up until final grades are closed on June 11. Work will NOT be accepted after June 11.
  • The emphasis for students in all courses will be on learning course material and demonstrating their evidence of understanding. Participation in class discussion and Google Meets is important.
  • Patience and understanding for the unique circumstances caused by the pandemic is critical.

Important notes about the calculation of final averages

  • There will be no final exams administered this school year.
  • Final averages will be calculated based on academic work up through and inclusive of the 3rd quarter.
  • Students must achieve a final average of 65 or above to qualify for the Regents waiver and/or the Spanish assessment and corresponding high school credit.