Eagle Leaders Letter
Special Edition: Grading Policies
- Grading among our teachers--professional, committed, wholly-invested, kid-loving teachers--was well-intentioned but inconsistent, creating a patchwork of approaches that confused students and parents.
- Research on best practices in grading shows that some traditional grading habits can be inadvertently punitive. When we know better, we must do better.
- With the switch to distance learning, classes were condensed so that students could stay on track to graduate. With our limited time, we must focus on learning essential standards; therefore, students cannot afford to have their grade "tanked" due to a few missing homework assignments. Alternatively, tasks that are practice shouldn't help them pass a class; demonstrating knowledge on assessments should.
- The switch to distance learning means that equity and opportunity gaps will widen if our grading habits impact students based on situations beyond their control.
The last two bullet points reference our switch to distance learning, but it is important to note that these grading shifts are based on years of research and follow in the paths of schools rigorously preparing students for modern, post-secondary success. Distance learning was not a reason for these updates at SHS but rather underscored that there was no better time than now.
Talk with Teachers
If you have questions, please reach out directly to your (child's) teacher. Teachers are expected to communicate weekly, via student conference, phone call, or email in regard to at-risk grades.