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Grades/Evaluation Of Student Achievement   

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Grades for Achievement

Grades for achievement shall be reported for each marking period as follows:

A (90-100%) Outstanding Achievement 4.0 grade points

B (80-89%) Above Average Achievement 3.0 grade points

C (70-79%) Average Achievement 2.0 grade points

D (60-69%) Below Average Achievement 1.0 grade points

F (0-59%) Little or No Achievement 0 grade points

I Incomplete 0 grade points

Whenever it becomes evident to a teacher that a student is in danger of failing a course, the teacher shall arrange a conference with the student's parent/guardian or send the parent/guardian a written report. (Education Code 49067)

(cf. 5123 - Promotion/Acceleration/Retention)

(cf. 5124 - Communication with Parents/Guardians)

An Incomplete is given only when a student's work is not finished because of illness or other excused absence. If not made up within six weeks, the Incomplete shall become an F.

No grade of a student participating in a physical education class may be adversely affected due to the fact that the student, because of circumstances beyond his/her control, does not wear standardized physical education apparel. (Education Code 49066)

When reporting student grades to parents/guardians, teachers may add narrative descriptions, observational notes and/or samples of classroom work in order to better describe student progress in specific skills and subcategories of achievement.

Grades for Citizenship and Effort

Grades for citizenship and effort shall be reported each marking period as follows:

E Excellent

S Satisfactory

U Unsatisfactory

Pass/Fail Grading

The Superintendent or designee may identify courses or programs for which students may, with parent/guardian permission, elect to earn a Pass or Fail grade instead of an A-F grade.

Students who receive a Pass grade shall acquire the appropriate semester units of credit for the course. The grade shall not be counted in determining class rank, honors list, or membership in the California Scholarship Federation. Students who receive a Fail grade shall not receive credit for taking the course.

Peer Grading

At their discretion, teachers may use peer grading of student tests, papers and assignments as appropriate to reinforce lessons.

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

Grade Weighting for Advanced Placement/Honors Courses

When calculating a student's grade point average, extra grade weighting shall not be assigned to a course that covers a subject required for admission to the University of California or the California State University unless the Superintendent or designee has submitted the course curriculum to the President of the University of California and received confirmation that the university approves the course for extra grade weighting and includes the course on its list of honors courses. Application of this requirement shall follow a four-year implementation schedule beginning with ninth-grade students in the 2005-06 school year. (Education Code 51220.3)

(cf. 6141.5 - Advanced Placement)

Repeating Classes

With the approval of the principal or designee, a student may repeat a course in order to raise his/her grade. Both grades received shall be entered on the student's transcript, but the student shall receive credit only once for taking the course.

The highest grade received shall be used in determining the student's overall grade point average.

Withdrawal from Classes

A student who drops a course during the first six weeks of the semester may do so without any entry on his/her permanent record card. A student who drops a course after the first six weeks of the semester shall receive an F grade on his/her permanent record, unless otherwise decided by the principal or designee because of extenuating circumstances.


approved: January 16, 2003 Atascadero, California

revised: September 5, 2006