RHS Grading Policy for 2020-21
*All ISD 196 High Schools have the same policy for 2020-21
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RHS Students and Families -
The intent of this newsletter is to provide ISD 196/RHS grading policies and timelines for the 2020-21 school year. This will explain district and school policy in general terms. Please connect with individual teachers regarding specific course requirements, work completion and grading that apply to that individual class.
During this unprecedented time, RHS is committed to providing all students with the opportunity to keep hard earned letter grades, but also the opportunity to earn passing credits if experiencing adverse challenges. Please communicate with your teachers on specific details for each course on how to finish successfully.
RHS Assistant Administrator - Scheduling & Operations
ISD 196 High School Grading Policy for 2020-21
Students are expected to fully participate / engage in the entire course
Teacher professional judgment determines appropriate grade based on essential learnings and appropriate curriculum, instruction and assessments
Teachers, students and families utilize Schoology platform and grades for the process of learning and communication throughout the course
Students are awarded the corresponding grade in Campus, based on their learning, for the final grade in the course to be used on transcripts and report cards
End of term grades taken from Schoology to be posted in Campus:
Grades A through C- are posted as is
Grade of D is posted as a P (Pass)
Grade of F is posted as an NC (No Credit)
A student with an NC may have the opportunity during the 2 week Incomplete Period to complete work to earn a P depending on course policy and with advance teacher permission
An NC may not be changed to a letter grade, just a P
An NC is final after the Incomplete Period ends
An Incomplete (I+) is posted only if the student may still earn a letter grade due to unique circumstances
A student with an I+ will have the 2 week Incomplete Period to complete work to earn a letter grade or a P
Students are automatically awarded the letter grade earned, but can request a P instead of a passing letter grade for any course (after seeing their final grade in Schoology) by notifying the teacher according to the timeline and school process set for each trimester
Trimester 1 Grading Timeline and Process
1. Letter grades (A-C, P or NC) will be finalized and posted in Schoology and Campus
-The last day of Trimester 1 is Friday, Dec. 4.
-ALL coursework/tests must be completed and turned in according to teacher direction and course policy by the last day of T1.
-There are no final exam days. The current Distance Learning Schedule (seen below) will be in place.
-Final grades can be seen in all Schoology courses at 3:00pm on Wednesday, Dec. 9.-Final grades will be posted in Campus on report cards and transcripts on Thursday, Dec. 17.
2. What if the student wants to change their letter grade to a “P” (Pass)?
-All letter grades for all courses will be up to date in Schoology at 3:00pm on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
-Students notify the teacher through their Schoology course by 3:00pm on Friday, Dec. 11 if they wish to replace their letter grade with a “P” for Pass.
-This earns the student credit, but does not affect their GPA (Grade Point Average).
-Students will automatically receive the letter grade if no notification is given directly to the teacher through Schoology according the school process and deadline.
3. What if the student is NOT passing and wishes to request the opportunity to earn a “P” (Pass) to earn credit for a course?
-Students not earning a passing grade may still have the opportunity to turn in missing/late work depending on the course policies during the Incomplete Period (first two weeks of the next trimester, Dec. 7-Dec. 18).
-Students must gain permission from their teacher in advance and make arrangements to complete any remaining work by the deadline, 3:00pm Friday, Dec. 18.
-No NC's will be changed to letter grades (A, B, C, etc.) during the Incomplete Period.
-Only work for earning a “P” (Pass) for the course will be considered.
-Students should connect with their counselor or case manager if receiving an NC in any course.
Trimester 1 Grading Timeline Summary
What does a Pass (P) grade mean?
In a typical school year, all District 196 students have the option to select one class per trimester to be taken as a Pass/Letter Grade option. Normally, students would choose 1 class, complete the application in the first 20 school days, then select either the letter grade earned or a Pass (P) at the end of the trimester.
A Pass (P) grade results in a student receiving credit for the course which counts towards credit needed for graduation. Receiving credit means the student does not need to repeat the course. The student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is not affected. If the course is a prerequisite for a higher level course, receiving credit for this course would qualify and the student may take the next course.
Due to flexible and distance learning plans that are being implemented this year across the country, all ISD 196 high schools, as supported by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), have endorsed the option of multiple Pass (P) grades for the current grading period. This reduces the creation of barriers to a student’s graduation status, college admissibility, and/or college athletic eligibility.
For more information about grading policies during the COVID 19 crisis, please visit the links below:
RHS Distance Learning Schedule
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