LCHS 7-12 Second Semester Grading 2020
Frequently Asked Questions for Teachers
1. What does hold harmless mean for 7th-12th grade?
“Hold harmless” means that if a 7-12th grade student has had a participation rate of 70% or greater during the required/graded distance learning since April 14, 2020, they cannot earn a grade lower than the grade they had when school facilities closed on March 13, 2020.
2. What does Credit/No Credit mean? What are the percentage cut points?
Credit/No Credit means that a student’s report card will reflect that they completed the course and it has been counted towards their completed course of study for LCHS 7/8 students or towards their graduation requirements for LCHS 9-12 students. A mark of “No Credit” means that the course will need to be repeated in order to count towards promotion (LCHS 7/8) or graduation (LCHS 9-12) requirements. Neither mark, C or NC, will be calculated into the LCHS 9-12 GPA. The cut points for the Credit/No Credit marks are Credit = 55% or above, NC = less than 55%.
3. What impact will a Credit/No Credit mark have on a student’s high school transcript?
Credit/No Credits marks will not be calculated into a student’s LCHS 9-12 GPA (GPAs are not calculated for LCHS 7/8 students).
4. What happens if I assign a No Credit mark?
A student receiving a No Credit mark will need to repeat the course to count toward the course of study completion for promotion for LCHS 7/8 students and for graduation requirements for LCHS 9-12 students.
This should be completed and submitted NO LATER THAN MAY 25, 2020. This submission date requirement is a firm deadline. If the Opt-In form is not received, the student will receive marks of Credit/No Credit per LCUSD Grading Format Policy, Second Semester 2020.
6. How do students improve their March 13th grade?
To improve March 13th grades, students should have participated at a rate of 70% or higher during the period of required/graded distance learning which commenced on April 14, 2020.
The required/graded assignments submitted during distance learning since April 14, 2020 will have been evaluated and the scores entered into the teacher’s gradebook. The required assignments were graded by the teacher and reflect the student’s authentic performance on the assignment. If a student performed well, those scores may have improved their gradebook score since the school facility closures on March 13, 2020. If this is the case, then the improved grade will be reflected on a graded 4th quarter report card (7-12) and second semester 2020 transcript (9-12).
7. What does a “70% Participation” mean?
Students need to turn in 70% of given assignments between April 14-June 1 in order to qualify to be held harmless to their grade as recorded on March 13, 2020 - the date the school facility closures commenced. The quality of work will be authentically evaluated by the teacher and the grade earned will be entered into the gradebook.
Assignments given between March 13-April 13 can count toward mandatory participation if a teacher has clearly communicated that these assignments are graded.
To determine a participation rate of 70%, please reference the following chart.
If a teacher assigned 4 assignments, students need to have turned in 3.
If a teacher assigned 5 assignments, students need to have turned in 3.
|Number of Assignments Teacher Assigns between April 14-June 1:
||Number of Assignments students must turn in to comply with 70% Participation threshold:
Teachers should count the number of assignments in their gradebook that were assigned between April 14-June 1, then multiply by .7. (If your answer has a decimal, round down. So if you assigned 15 assignments, 70% is 10.5. The number of assignments you can require is 10.) This is the number of assignments students are required to turn in to meet “70% Participation.”
8. How do I handle late work?
The acceptance of late work is at the discretion of the teacher who teaches the course. Students must check with their individual teachers regarding their late work acceptance policy. Please make sure you have clearly communicated your late work policy to all students.
9. How do I post grades for the 4th quarter?
- Tuesday, May 26: The Grades Page in Aeries will open to begin entering citizenship grades and comments.
Please do not enter final letter grades at this time.
- Friday, May 29: Teachers will receive a roster for each class noting each student’s preference for letter grade or Credit/No Credit, as well as each student’s March 13 grade.
- Thursday, June 4: Grades due by 3pm.
Follow traditional directions, as outlined here.
Load Grades from Gradebook first, bringing over all letter grades.
Then by consulting your rosters given to you May 29, manually “Edit All Records” and change specific student’s grades to “Credit,” if they did not opt in to receive a letter grade OR change student’s letter grades to their March 13 letter grade if their March 13 grade is higher than their current (June 1) grade.
Manually change a student’s grade to “No Credit” if they earned a 55% or lower.