PCSSD - 5.15P1 Grading

5.15P1 Grading

I. Purpose: To set forth guidelines to be used in computing and reporting grades to parents for each grading term.

II. Personnel affected: Classroom teachers

Parents or guardians shall be kept informed concerning the progress of their student.  Parent-teacher conferences are encouraged and may be requested by parents, guardians, or teachers. If the progress of a student is unsatisfactory in a subject, the teacher shall attempt to schedule a parent-teacher conference. In the conference, the teacher shall explain the reasons for difficulties and shall develop, cooperatively with the parents, a plan for remediation, which may enhance the probability of the student succeeding. The school shall also send timely progress reports and issue grades for each nine – (9) week grading period to keep parents/guardians informed of their student’s progress.  

The Board directs that grades be used to measure and report academic progress for grades K. All elementary schools will use report cards appropriate to the level being reported. Secondary grades will be reported by computer print-out. Grades assigned to students for performance in a course shall reflect only the extent to which a student has achieved the expressed academic objectives of the course. Grades that are aligned with other educational objectives such as the student learning expectations contained in the curriculum frameworks may also be given as prescribed by Standard VII 12.02 of the “Rules Governing Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools and School Districts” (2007). The Superintendent is directed to provide guidelines to be used by teachers in reporting grades. These guidelines will include values for regular course-work as well as for advanced placement courses.

The grades of a child in foster care shall not be lowered due to an absence from school due to:

  1. A change in the child’s school enrollment;
  2. The child’s attendance at a dependency-neglect court proceeding; or
  3. The child’s attendance at court-ordered counseling or treatment.

The grading scale for all schools in the district shall be as follows:

A =100 – 90

B = 89 – 80

C = 79 – 70

D = 69-60

F = 59 and below

For the purpose of determining grade point averages, the numeric value of each letter grade shall be:

A = 4 points

B = 3 points

C = 2 points

D = 1 point

F = 0 points

The grade point values for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and approved honor courses shall be one (1) point greater than for regular courses with the exception that an F shall still be worth zero (0) points.

The final grades of students who transfer in for part of a semester will be determined by blending the grades earned in the district with those earned outside the district. Each final grade will be the sum of the percentage of days in the grading period transferred from outside the district times the transferred grade from outside the district plus the percentage of days in the grading period while in the district times the grade earned in the district.

For example:  The grading period had forty (40) days. A student transferred in with a grade of eighty-three percent (83%) earned in ten (10) days at the previous school. The student had a grade of seventy-five percent (75%) in our district’s school earned in the remaining thirty (30) days of the grading period. Ten (10) days is twenty-five percent (25%) of forty (40) days while thirty (30) days is seventy-five percent (75%) of forty (40) days. Thus the final grade would be .25 (83) + .75 (73) = 75.5% (0.25 X 83) + (0.75 X 75) = 77%.

Elementary Education

Pulaski County Special School District recognizes that the reporting system at the elementary level did not coincide with the Arkansas Academic Standards that are now mandated to be used in Arkansas public schools. The District began work on a new reporting system for Kindergarten through fifth grade. The new reporting system will be standards based. A rubric will be used to report student progress and the level of mastery that each student has obtained. Specific standards at each level will be marked for each student once every 9-week grading period. Standards Based Report cards will be phased in and implemented at grades K - 5 by 2022 - 2023. Letter grades will no longer be used at the elementary level. after the 2021-2022 school year. It is the intent of the District that the new reporting system will be more comprehensive and provides students and parents with more defined information of the academic progress of each student at the grade level for which he/she is assigned.

Secondary Education

  1. The responsibility for arriving at term grades rests with the individual teacher, but the procedure for arriving at the grade will be fully explained to students and parents and conform to the following percentage scale.

  2. For purposes of conversion of grade points into letter grades, quality points will be rounded to the nearest whole number.

Middle School Teachers

  1. To pass a course a student must have the arithmetic mean using the following formula that results in a 60% or above in order to pass a semester/class. Quarter (9-weeks) Grade (1/2) + Quarter (9-weeks) Grade (1/2)/2 = Final/Semester Percentage EXAMPLE: 84 third nine weeks + 91 fourth nine weeks would result in: 84 + 91 equals 175 divided by 2 equals 88 for final grade. Semester grades are computed in the following manner: first nine weeks – 50% (1/2) second nine weeks – 50% (1/2).

  2. In regular courses student grade points are based on the numerical value of grades as follows:

  3. A = 4.0 B = 3.0 C = 2.0 D = 1.0 F = 0

High School Teachers

  1. To pass a course a student must have the arithmetic mean using the following formula that results in a 60% or above in order to pass a semester/class. Quarter (9-weeks) Grade (2/5) + Quarter (9-weeks) Grade (2/5) + Semester Test (1/5)/5 = Final/Semester Percentage. EXAMPLE: 84 third nine weeks + 91 fourth nine weeks and a test score of 88 would result in: 84 + 84 + 91 + 91 + 88 equals 438 divided by 5 equals 88 for the final grade. Semester grades are computed in the following manner: first nine weeks – 40% (2/5), second nine weeks – 40% (2/5), and semester test – 20% (1/5).

  2. In regular courses student grade points are based on the numerical value of grades as follows:

  3. A = 4.0 B = 3.0 C = 2.0 D = 1.0 F = 0

Upon written permission from a parent, students in grades 9-12 shall qualify to be exempt from taking the semester test in a class when they have: (a) maintained at least a “B” average in both Quarters (9 - weeks); (b) 4 or less unexcused absences; and (c) not been suspended from school. Semester grades will be determined by an average of the two Quarters (9 - weeks). Students may, however, opt to take the semester exams.

 

Date issued: 9/21/82
Revised: 6/11/85
Revised: 8/12/86
Revised: 10/12/93
Revised: 11/8/05
Revised: 11/19/07
Revised: 3/11/08
Revised: 4/20/10
Revised: 4/19/11
Revised: 5/10/11
Revised: 12/01/11
Revised: 8/16/18

Last Revised: 12/11/18

Legal References:
A.C.A. § 6-15-902
A.C.A. § 9-28-113(f)
State Board of Education: Standards for Accreditation 5-A.1
Arkansas Department of Education Rules and Regulations Governing Uniform Grading Scales for Public Secondary Schools

Manual Adoption: 2/8/00