Oakdale Jt. USD | BP 5121 Students
Grades/Evaluation Of Student Achievement
The Board of Education believes that grades serve a valuable instructional purpose by helping students and parents/guardians understand performance expectations and identifying the student's areas of strength and those areas needing improvement. Parents/guardians and students have the right to receive course grades that represent an accurate evaluation of the student's achievement.
(cf. 5020 - Parent Rights and Responsibilities)
(cf. 5125.2 - Withholding Grades, Diploma or Transcripts)
The Superintendent or designee shall establish a uniform grading system based on Common Core State Standards that apply to all students in that course and grade level.
Principals and teachers shall ensure that student grades conform to this system. Teachers shall inform parents/guardians and students how student achievement will be evaluated in the classroom and explain the class grading system at the beginning of the school year and other times as appropriate.
A teacher shall base a student's grades on impartial, consistent observation of the quality of the student's work and his/her mastery of course content and district academic standards. Students shall have the opportunity to establish progress on standards through a variety of methods such as demonstrated classwork and participation, homework, projects, course assignments, and multiple assessments of student performance such as teacher-made tests, and textbook assessments.
The teacher of each course shall determine the student's grade. The grade assigned by the teacher shall not be changed by the Board or the Superintendent except as provided by law, Board policy, or administrative regulation. (Education Code 49066)
(cf. 5125.3 - Challenging Student Records)
When reporting student performance 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.
A report card for a student with a disability may contain information about his/her disability, including whether that student received special education or related services, provided that the report card informs parents/guardians about their child's progress or level of achievement in specific classes, course content, or curriculum. However, transcripts that may be used to inform postsecondary institutions or prospective employers of the student's academic achievements shall not contain information disclosing the student's disability.
(cf. 5125 - Student Records)
(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program)
(cf. 6164.6 - Identification and Education Under Section 504)
Effect of Absences on Grades
Students who miss homework, tests, or do not fulfill another class requirement because of an unexcused absence may be given the opportunity to make up missed work. The decision to assign full or partial credit for make-up work as a result of an unexcused absence shall be at the discretion of the teacher.
(cf. 6154 - Homework/Makeup Work)
The Board believes that ten (10) unexcused absences per grading period constitute excessive unexcused absences.
(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)
Grade Point Average
The Superintendent or designee shall determine the methodology to be used in calculating students' grade point averages (GPA), including the courses to be included within the GPA and whether extra grade weighting shall be applied to Advanced Placement, honors, and/or concurrent postsecondary courses.
(cf. 6141.5 - Advanced Placement)
(cf. 6172 - Gifted and Talented Student Program)
(cf. 6172.1 - Concurrent Enrollment in College Classes)
48070 Promotion and retention
48205 Excused absences
49066 Grades; finalization; physical education class
49067 Mandated regulations regarding student's achievement
49069.5 Students in foster care, grades and credits
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
10060 Criteria for reporting physical education achievement, high schools
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
1232g Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Owasso Independent School District v. Falvo (2002) 122 S.Ct. 934
Las Virgenes Educators Association v. Las Virgenes Unified School District (2nd Appellate District 2001) 86 Cal.App.4th 1
Swany v. San Ramon Valley Unified School District (N.D.Cal. 1989) 720 F.Supp. 764
Johnson v. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education (App. 2 Dist. 1986) 224 Cal. Rptr. 885, 179 C.A. 3d 593
Elementary Makes the Grade!, 2001
Advanced Placement Challenge Project: http://www.apchallenge.net
Policy OAKDALE JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: January 11, 2010 Oakdale, California
revised: May 11, 2015