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Lawndale ESD |  AR  5121  Students

Evaluation Of Student Achievement   

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The Superintendent or designee shall inform teachers of the district's policy regarding grading, including expectations that grades shall be based on factors that directly measure students' knowledge and skills in the content area and shall not include nonacademic factors.

Report cards displaying students' grades in each subject or course shall be distributed to parents/guardians at the end of each grading period. Parents/guardians shall be offered an opportunity to meet with their child's teacher(s) to discuss the grades and strategies to improve their child's performance.

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

Grades for Academic Performance

Academic performance shall be reported for each marking period using letter grades and/or scores, performance levels, and narrative comments. Letter grades for grades 6-8 are:

A Outstanding Achievement 4.0 grade points

B Above Average Achievement 3.0 grade points

C Average Achievement 2.0 grade points

D Below Average Achievement 1.0 grade points

F Little or No Achievement 0 grade points

I Incomplete 0 grade points

Academic performance levels for grades K-5 are:

4 Exceeds Standards

3 Meets Standards/Satisfactory Progress

2 Approaching Standards/Some Progress

1 Far Below Standards/Minimal Progress

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 work is not made up within six weeks, the Incomplete shall become an F.

Grades for Physical Education

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)

Student performance in physical education courses shall be based upon evaluation of the student's individual progress, attainment of goals in each instructional area, tests designed to determine skill and knowledge, and physical performance tests. (5 CCR 10060)

When reporting student grades/scores 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 Work Habits

Grades for citizenship and work habits (including study skills and homework) effort shall be reported each trimester as follows:

O Outstanding

S Satisfactory

N Needs Improvement

U Unsatisfactory

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)

Pass/No Pass Grading

The Superintendent or designee may identify courses or programs for which students may earn a Pass or No Pass grade instead of a letter grade.

Students who receive a Pass grade shall acquire the appropriate semester units of credit for the course. Students who receive a No Pass grade shall not receive credit for taking the course.

Grades for a student in foster care shall not be lowered if the student is absent for any reason specified in Education Code 49069.5.

(cf. 6173.1 - Education for Foster Youth)

Grade Point Average

The Superintendent or designee shall calculate each student's GPA using the grade point assigned to each letter grade in accordance with the scale described in the section "Grades for Academic Performance" above. The grade points for all applicable coursework shall be totaled and divided by the number of courses completed. Pass/No Pass grades shall not be included in the determination of a student's GPA.

(cf. 5126 - Awards for Achievement)

(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)


approved: January 10, 2017 Lawndale, California