2420 Grading and Progress Reports

  • The board believes that the cooperation of school and home is a vital ingredient in the growth and education of the student and recognizes the responsibility to keep parents informed of student welfare and progress in school.

    The issuance of grades, written progress reports and parent conferences on a regular schedule serves as the basis for continuous evaluation of the student's performance and determining changes that should be made to effect improvement. These written and verbal reports will be designed to provide information that will be helpful to the student, teacher, counselor and parent.

    The district will comply with the marking/grading system incorporated into the statewide standardized high school transcript. Secondary students’ grade points will be reported for each term, individually and cumulatively.

    The board directs the superintendent to establish a system of reporting student progress and will require all staff members to comply with such a system as part of their teaching responsibility.

    At the beginning of each term, each teacher will specify in writing the student learning goals or standards for their respective courses.  If participation is used as the basis of mastery of a goal or standard, a student’s grade may be adversely affected by an absence provided on that day there was a graded participation activity.  (See policy on Excused and Unexcused Absences.)  If the teacher does not so advise students in writing, the teacher may not use attendance and participation in the grading process.  Individual students who feel that an unjust application of attendance or tardiness factors has been made may follow the appeal process for resolving the differences.

    A student’s grade report may be withheld until such time the student pays for any school property that has been lost or willfully damaged. Upon payment for damages or the equivalency through voluntary work, the grade report will be released. The student or their parents may appeal the imposition of a charge for damages to the superintendent and board of directors.

    Cross References:
    Board Policy 3122              Excused and Unexcused Absences
    Board Policy 3520              Student Fines, Fees and Charges

    Legal References:
    RCW 28A.150.240(2g)        Basic Education Act of 1977 – Certificated teaching & administrative staff as accountable for classroom teaching – Scope – Responsibilities – Penalty
    RCW 28A.635.060               Defacing or injuring school property – Liability of parent or guardian
    RCW 28A.600.030               Grading policies – Option to consider--Attendance
    WAC 392-400-235               Discipline – Conditions & limitations
    WAC 392‑210                        Washington State Honors Award Program

    ADOPTED: 01/17/91
    REVISED: 03/27/97; 09/25/97; 01/24/08;

    Procedure No. 2420P Grading and Progress Reports
    Grade Point Averages

    The grade point averages for grades 9-12 will be calculated in the following manner:

    A.  Each student’s "grade point average" will be the sum of the point values of all the marks/grades received for all courses attempted, divided by the sum of the credits for all courses attempted. The grade point value will be calculated by multiplying the numerical value of the mark/grade earned by the number of credits assigned to the course.

    B.  The numerical values of grades are:

    1. A   =  4.0           7.      C        =  2.0
    2. A– =  3.7           8.      C–      =  1.7
    3. B+ =  3.3           9.      D+     =  1.3
    4. B   =  3.0          10.      D        =  1.0
    5. B– =  2.7          11.      E or F =  0.0
    6. C+ =  2.3

    The minimal passing mark/grade is D = 1.0. Some courses may have a pre-requisite requiring a demonstrated level of competence prior to enrollment being approved in higher level courses, which will be clearly communicated in the course syllabus or catalog.  A course pre-requisite may include obtaining a specific grade range for a class in a sequence/series or passage of an end-of-course state assessment/exam.  Students may appeal to the principal for consideration of additional methods to demonstrate the competence required for meeting a course pre-requisite.

    Pass/fail, credit/no credit, and satisfactory/unsatisfactory marks may also be used. These non-numerical marks/grades will be clearly identified and excluded from the calculation of grade point average.

    C.  Marks/grades for each course taken will be included in the calculation of grade point averages. Only the highest mark/grade for a class/course taken more than once to improve a mark/grade will be included in the calculation of grade point averages. Marks/grades for recurring classes to continue study in an area (journalism, band, debate, drama, etc.) will be included in the calculation of grade points.  Grade point averages will be rounded to two decimal places and reported for each trimester/semester or other term and for the cumulative credits earned for all courses attempted in high school.

    Standardized High School Transcript

    The standardized high school transcript will contain:

    1. The student's name (last name, first name, and middle names or middle initials);

    2. The student's current address, address at graduation, or address at withdrawal from school (street, city, state, zip code);

    3. The student's birth date and sex;

    4. The student's identification number (if applicable);

    5. The school's name;

    6. The school's address (street, city, state zip code, and telephone number);

    7. The dates of the student's entry, reentry, withdrawal, and graduation (if applicable) related to the school issuing the transcript;

    8. The student's academic history for high school (grade level and date of course completion, course titles, marks/grades earned, credits attempted, and grade point average);

    9. The name and address of parent(s) or guardian(s) (street, city, state, zip code) if such information is available;

    10. A list of previous high schools attended (school name, address, city, state, and month and year of entrance and exit); and

    11. The signature and/or seal of the authorized school official (name, title, and date).

    ADOPTED: 01/17/91
    REVISED: 09/25/97; 02/28/2002; 01/24/08; 12/17/09

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