District Schools Determine Approach for 2019-20 4th Quarter and Final Grades In Accordance with NYSED Guidance
The following grading approach for the teaching and learning for the 4th quarter of the 2019-20 school year was developed by the District’s building principals, in collaboration with the teacher leaders in each school and with District administrators. It will apply to all students in grades K-12.
All academic work in the 2019-20 4th quarter will be assessed on a “met standards” (pass) / “did not meet standards” (fail) basis. This approach is aligned with State Education Department guidance provided to school districts on March 13, 2020: “Any student who achieves the learning outcomes for the course should earn the available course/diploma credit without regard to the 180-minute/week unit of study requirement in Commissioner’s Regulations Part 100.1”
Furthermore, the same SED guidance advises that, “in the event that extended closure interferes with a school or district’s ability to provide the full unit of study by the end of the school year, either in face-to-face instruction or through other methods, as long as the student has met the standards assessed in the provided coursework, the student should be granted the diploma credit.” Teachers will continue to create and assign instructional tasks designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of prioritized learning outcomes, and they will evaluate student work on the basis of whether the learning outcomes have been successfully met.
Regents exams have been cancelled for June 2020 and for August 2020, and high school and grade 8 students who were scheduled or intending to take a Regents in June have been exempted from this requirement. There will be no local final exams for any students this year. Final grades for the year will also be assigned on a “met standards” (pass) / “did not meet standards” (fail) basis, and end-of-year grade point averages will be calculated based on the average of the first quarter and second quarter grades, as appropriate.
Any questions regarding the 4th quarter and year-end grading approach should be directed to your child’s building principal.