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Grading March 30 - May 29, 2020
March 29, 2020
Dear Humble ISD Families,
The 4th nine-week grading period begins on Monday, March 30. We understand that grades in the current environment are a concern for students and parents. Our goal is for students to progress in their learning and be supported, as together we navigate this unusual situation.
High School Classes and Middle School Classes: Grading from March 30 - May 29, 2020
To balance expectations for teachers and families, students will receive no more than six assignments per course that will count toward the 4th nine-weeks grade. These will all be formative grades, with all graded assignments equally weighted within the course. Students will have the opportunity to raise their semester course average and GPA through their 4th nine-week grades.
Grades in the 4th nine-weeks will not negatively impact student averages/GPA. The 2020 spring semester average will be determined by the 3rd nine-week grade and the higher of the 3rd or 4th nine-week grade. There will be no final exams this semester.
How will the 4th nine-week grade affect my semester grade?
Grading Examples - 4th Nine Weeks
Did Humble ISD consider a Pass/Fail option for grades?
District leaders thoroughly considered all options. Recording numerical grades for secondary students was determined to be best for our students because:
- Pass/Fail does not provide all students with the opportunity to raise their overall semester average/GPA by being engaged in their learning this 4th nine-week grading period.
- The NCAA Clearinghouse treats a grade of “Pass” as the lowest possible passing grade. This could put Humble ISD students who are interested in collegiate athletics at a disadvantage compared to students coming from districts that recorded numerical grades.
- Having numerical grades for each semester allows high school students in year-long courses to earn full credit if the average of the two semesters is 70 or higher. This averaging, which helps students, could not occur if students received “Pass” or “Fail” for the 4th nine-weeks.
Where can I find grades for the 3rd nine-week grading period?
Report cards for the 3rd nine-week grading period will be visible in Home Access Center on Friday, April 3, for students in grades 3-12. Report cards for students in grades K-2 will be emailed beginning on Thursday, April 2, and continuing through Friday, April 3.
Will students complete STAAR and End-of-Course (EOC) tests?
Grades 3-8 STAAR and EOCs will not be given this spring or summer. Normally, passing an EOC test is a graduation requirement. However this school year only, students currently enrolled in EOC-tested courses (English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and U.S. History) will not have to complete their corresponding EOC test provided they earn course credit during the 2019-2020 school year.
If your student is a senior and has not passed all EOCs and/or earned credits for graduation, your campus counselor will be contacting you regarding the Individual Graduation Committee process.
What will the grading practices be in Dual Credit or OnRamps courses?
Students enrolled in Lone Star College Dual Credit or UT OnRamps courses will be affected by the colleges’ decisions. Information will be shared when college decisions have been confirmed.
Elementary School Classes: Grading from March 30 – May 29, 2020
Elementary teachers will focus on preparing students for the next grade level. Teachers will provide feedback on students’ learning. Students will not have to take STAAR tests this spring.
Grades 3-5: Teachers will record completion of selected learning opportunities. Teachers will not record numerical grades. The yearly average will be based on the average of the first three nine-week grading periods.
Grades K-2: Teachers will record completion of selected learning opportunities. At this time, competencies will not be recorded for the 4th nine weeks. Teachers may assess students on some of the competencies included in K-2 reports to parents if buildings are able to reopen.
As always, parents should reach out to teachers, counselors or principals as needed.