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Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement   

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Written 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)

For each student in grades 9-12, the Superintendent or designee shall maintain a transcript recording the courses taken, the term that each course was taken, credits earned, final grades and date of graduation.

(cf. 5123 - Student Records)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

Grades for Achievement

For grades K-5, students' level of progress shall be reported as follows:

E Excellent

S Satisfactory

N Needs Improvement

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

1 Below Academic

2 Low Academic

3 Average Academic

4 High Academic

For Grades 6-12, grades for achievement shall be reported for each grading 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

C Credit 0 grade points

P Passing 0 grade points

NC No Credit 0 grade points

An Incomplete shall be 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.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Selection

Selection of the valedictorian and salutatorian will include the weighted GPA from the first semester of the student's ninth grade year through the first semester of the student's twelfth grade year.

In the event of co-valedictorians, there will be no salutatorian.

Students will be awarded an extra grade point for grades "C" or higher earned in Honors (H) and AP courses.

Beginning with the graduating class of 2019, an extra grade point will be awarded to students who complete a videoconference course from an accredited college or university, scheduled on the high school matrix. The extra grade point for videoconference courses will not be awarded for courses taken during the student's ninth grade year. Valedictorian/salutatorian candidates may take up to two semesters as an aide throughout grades 10-12, totaling 10 credits. The students must have successfully passed the same academic course with a "C" or higher for which they enroll as an aide.

Prior to the graduating class of 2019, MHS will utilize the weighted GPA from the first semester of a student's ninth grade through the first semester of the student's twelfth grade. In the case of a co-valedictorian, there will be no salutatorian. An extra grade point will be awarded to students who receive a grade "C" or higher in Honors (H) and AP courses.

(cf. 6141.5 - Advanced Placement)

(cf. 6172 - Gifted and Talented Student Program)

(cf. 6172.1 - Concurrent Enrollment in College Classes)

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)

Student performance in high school 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)

(cf. 6145.2 - Athletic Competition)

Grades for College Courses

When the District has approved a student to receive District credit for coursework completed at a community college or four-year college, he/she shall receive the same letter grade as is granted by the college.

Grades for Citizenship, Study Skills and Effort

O Outstanding

S Satisfactory

N Needs Improvement

U Unsatisfactory

Peer Grading

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

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; for both courses with the lowest earned grade servicing as elective credit.

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

Effect of Absences on Grades

Teachers who withhold class credit because of excessive unexcused absences shall so inform students and parents/guardians at the beginning of the school year or semester. When a student reaches the number of unexcused absences defined as excessive in Board Policy, the student and parent/guardian shall again be notified of the District's policy regarding excessive unexcused absences.

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

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 from school due to either of the following circumstances: (Education Code 49069.5)

1. A decision by a court or placement agency to change the student's placement, in which case the student's grades and credits shall be calculated as of the date the student left school.

2. A verified court appearance or related court-ordered activity.

(cf. 6173.1 - Education for Foster Youth)

Grade Point Average

The Superintendent or designee shall calculate each student's GPA using the grade points assigned to each letter grade in accordance with the scale described in the section "Grades for Achievement" above. The grade points for all applicable coursework shall be totaled and divided by the number of courses completed.

(cf. 5126 - Awards for Achievement)

(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)

When plus and minus designations are added to letter grades, they shall not be considered in determining GPA.


approved: October 12, 2010 Alturas, California

revised: March 15, 2016