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Grades/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)

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. 5125 - Student Records)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

Grades for Academic Performance

For grades TK-2, students' level of progress for each grading period shall be reported as follows:

O Outstanding 4 Standards Exceeded

S Satisfactory 3 Standards Met

N Needs Improvement 2 Standards Nearly Met

U Unsatisfactory 1 Standards Not Met

For grades 3-8, grades for academic performance shall be reported for each grading period as follows:

A+ (100% +) Outstanding Achievement 4.3 grade points

A (94-100%) Outstanding Achievement 4.0 grade points

A- (90-93%) Outstanding Achievement 4.0 grade points

B+ (87-89%) Above Average Achievement 3.0 grade points

B (83-86%) Above Average Achievement 3.0 grade points

B- (80-82%) Above Average Achievement 3.0 grade points

C+ (77-79%) Average Achievement 2.0 grade points

C (73-76%) Average Achievement 2.0 grade points

C- (70-72%) Average Achievement 2.0 grade points

D+ (67-69%) Below Average Achievement 1.0 grade points

D (63-66%) Below Average Achievement 1.0 grade points

D- (60-62%) Below Average Achievement 1.0 grade points

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

I Incomplete 0 grade points

P Pass 0 grade points

An Incomplete shall be given only when a student's work is not finished by the end of the grading period because of illness or other excused absence. If 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)

(cf. 6142.7 - Physical Education and Activity)

Grades for Citizenship and Work Habits

Any grades assigned for citizenship or work habits, such as effort or study skills, shall be reported 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.

The student and parent/guardian shall have a reasonable opportunity to explain the absences. (Education Code 49067)

If a student receives a failing grade because of excessive unexcused absences, the student's record shall specify that the grade was assigned because of excessive unexcused absences. (Education Code 49067)

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/Fail grades shall not be included in the determination of a student's GPA.

(cf. 5126 - Awards for Achievement)

(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)

When plus and minus designations are added to letter grades, a plus shall be computed by adding 0.3 to the value assigned the letter grade and a minus shall be computed by subtracting 0.3 from the value assigned to the letter grade.

Each academic year, the Superintendent or designee shall provide to the Student Aid Commission the GPA of all district students in grade 12, except for students who have opted out or are permitted by the rules of the Student Aid Commission to provide test scores in lieu of the GPA. (Education Code 69432.9)


approved: April 9, 2015 Angels Camp, California

revised: November 17, 2016