Section B - Grading Procedures
Grading for PK-KG
Grading for early childhood will remain skills-based.
Grading for Grades 1-12
Students in grades 1-12 will receive numeric grades for the interim progress report and Fourth Nine Weeks grading cycle. Students will receive a special COVID-19 alpha grade for the Spring Semester Average and Yearly Average.
What will be graded?
Interim Progress Report
Mon., March 30
Wed., April 29
Packet 1 or Online Learning Program Progression through April 24
Grades displayed in
Parent-Self Serve & Student Self-Serve
by Fri., May 08
Fourth Nine Weeks
Mon., March 30
Thurs., May 28
Evaluation of all packets through May 18 or Online Learning Program Progression through May 22. May 19-28 is reserved for supplemental instructional support and interventions.
Grades displayed in Parent-Self Serve & Student Self-Serve
by Fri., June 05
Interim Progress Report Grade
- The student’s interim progress report grade will be a numeric grade: 0, 50, 75, or 100.
- The progress grade for assignments and student engagement in the Flexible Education Program is based on the specified period and the grading rubrics in Section C. Note, interim progress grades may also include guidelines specific to other special programs including Early College High School, Paul Brown, Taylor Career Center, Dual Credit, AP courses, and elective courses.
Fourth Nine Weeks Report Card Grade
- The student’s Fourth Nine Weeks report card grade will be a numeric grade: 0 through 100.
- Due to COVID-19, a special allowance is provided for the Fourth Nine Weeks report card grade. Students will receive the higher of the Third Nine Weeks grade or the grade earned for comprehensive assignments and student participation and engagement over all weeks of the Flexible Education Program.
- Grades for coursework and student participation and engagement over all weeks of the Flexible Education Program shall be determined based on the grading rubrics in Section C or other guidelines specific to other special programs.
- Teachers shall then compare and assign the higher of the Third Nine Weeks grade or the grade earned in the Flexible Education Program to the Fourth Nine Weeks Report Card.
COVID-19 Grading Allowance Examples for the Fourth Nine Weeks Grade:
Student earns a higher grade in the Flexible Education Program. The student receives a Fourth Nine Weeks grade of 100 because it is higher than the Third Nine Weeks grade of 80.
Student has a higher grade of 85 for the Third Nine Weeks. The student receives a Fourth Nine Weeks grade of 85 because it is higher than the grade of 75 earned in the Flexible Education Program.
Student earns the same grade for both the Third Nine Weeks and the Flexible Education Program. The student receives a grade of 75 for the Fourth Nine Weeks.
Student earns a higher grade 60 for the Third Nine Weeks, even though the grade is not passing. The student receives a Fourth Nine Weeks grade of 60 because it is higher grade than the grade of 50 earned in the Flexible Education Program.
Spring Semester Average and Yearly Average:
- The Spring Semester Average and Yearly Average will be an alpha grade aligned to the traditional 5-tier grade range used in public schools (A-F).
- The assignment of the alpha grade is determined by first calculating the numeric average of the Third Nine Weeks and Fourth Nine Weeks. Then the numeric average is converted into an alpha grade utilizing the ranges in the table below.
- The letters Cv indicate the grade was earned during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Alpha Grade
COVID-19 Alpha Grade example calculations for Spring Semester Average:
Semester 2 Average
(80+100) / 2 = 90
(85+85) / 2 = 85
(75+75) / 2 = 75
(60+60) / 2 = 60
When a student earns a passing grade in only one semester of a two-semester course, BISD procedures provides for both semesters to be averaged and credit awarded based on the course average.Award of Credit for High School Courses
To determine award of credit through the use of grade averaging during the regular academic term of the 2019-2020 school year, a numeric equivalent is assigned to the Spring Semester COVID-19 alpha grade in accordance with current BISD regulations and indicated in the table below.
If a student earns a passing grade in only one semester of a two-semester course, BISD will average the Fall Semester grade with the numerical equivalent for the Spring Semester. (Numeric grade averages will be rounded to the nearest whole number).
- If the average of the Fall and Spring Semester is higher than 70, BISD will award the student full credit for both semesters.
- If the average is lower than 70, BISD will award the student credit for the semester with the passing grade. The student will only be required to retake the semester in which the student did not earn the credit.
COVID-19 Alpha Grade
Sample Student Report Card
(For Illustrative Purposes Only)
Transcript Records - Secondary Students
Courses taken for high school credit during the 2019-2020 Spring Semester will display on the student’s transcript record with the aforementioned COVID-19 alpha grades. Credits earned for Spring Semester courses will also display on the transcript. However, numeric grade averages or the assigned numeric equivalents will not print on the transcript record for the Spring Semester of the 2019-2020 school year.
COVID-19 No Impact Exclusion
Due to the unique education challenges presented by the novel Coronavirus pandemic, BISD has determined that Fourth Nine Weeks grades and the Spring Semester average COVID-19 alpha grades will be excluded from GPA and Class Rank calculations for the duration of a student’s tenure in BISD.
Grade Point Average and Class Rank for Class of 2020 Seniors
- Spring 2020 semester average grades and credits earned will be displayed on the student’s transcript record.
- Due to the COVID-19 No Impact Exclusion, Spring 2020 semester average grades will not be used to determine the final GPA of 2020 seniors.
- The final GPA for the Class of 2020 shall be the GPA calculated for grades earned through the Fall Semester of the 2019-2020 school year.
- For the purpose of determining honors to be conferred during graduation activities, BISD shall calculate class rank in accordance with Board Policy EIC(LOCAL) and administrative regulations by using the cumulative student grades available through the end of the Third Nine Weeks grading period of the senior year.
Grade Point Average and Class Rank for Underclassmen
- Spring 2020 Semester average grades and credits earned, including credit-bearing courses taken in middle school, will be displayed on the student’s transcript record.
- Due to the COVID-19 No Impact Exclusion, Spring 2020 semester average grades will not be included in GPA or Class Rank for the entire duration of a scholar’s tenure at BISD.
- The 2020 GPA for underclassmen shall be the GPA calculated for grades earned through the Fall Semester of the 2019-2020 school year.
- The 2020 Class Rank for underclassmen shall be the rank calculated at the end of the Fall Semester term.
Procedures for Grade Promotion/Retention
Standard BISD procedures apply to decisions regarding student promotion and retention. Each student will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with Board Policy EIE (Local).
A student that does not earn full credit will be eligible to recover credits in summer school or enrollment in credit recovery. All fees associated with summer school and credit recovery are waived for all students for Summer 2020. In addition, BISD will convene individual grade placement committees to consider student promotion to the next grade level and/or awarding of credit.
Make-up work will be accepted through May 18, 2020 with prior arrangements made with the student’s teacher of record.
All electives will be awarded a progress report and Fourth Nine Weeks grade based upon the student’s engagement and participation in all assignments provided by the teacher. Elective teachers should utilize the grading rubric in Section C for guidance.
Dual Credit Education
Students enrolled in dual credit programs at institutions of higher education will follow the assignments and direction of the university/college. Finalized grades will be provided to the campus at the conclusion of the semester as determined by the university/college. Dual credit grades received from college partners will be converted to a COVID-19 alpha grade for the BISD report card and transcript. Dual credit partners will follow their own guidelines with regard to how grades appear on the college/university transcript. No dual credit grades assigned for the 2019-2020 second semester will impact a student’s GPA or class rank assigned by BISD.
No second semester final exams will be administered.