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Tamalpais Union HSD |  BP  5121  Students

Grades/Evaluation Of Student Achievement   

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Student academic achievement shall be evaluated, recorded and reported each marking period. Students, parents/guardians and appropriate school personnel will be informed of the student's progress.

Grading of students in a given subject area should be comparable from teacher to teacher and from school to school within the district. It is the professional responsibility of the individual teacher to establish and maintain grading standards which will be appropriate for his/her subject.

A student's grade in a course should be a reflection of that student's work in all aspects of a course, and throughout a grading period. A single test, assignment, performance or other single measure shall not be the sole factor in assigning a final quarter, semester or yearly grade to a student.

Failing grades may be assigned for excessive unexcused absences in accordance with BP 5113. Such grades shall be designated accordingly in the student's records. (Education Code 49067)

(cf. 5113 -Absences and Excuses)

A written report shall be sent to, or a conference shall be held with, the student's parent/guardian in the event the student is in danger of failing the course. (Education Code 49067)

A student's grade shall not be changed by the Governing Board or administration without the input, to the extent practicable, of the teacher who assigned the grade. (Education Code 49066)

(cf. 5125.3 - Challenging Student Records)

Students may repeat courses in order to receive credit for a course previously failed or to achieve a better grade. However, students may not receive additional credit for courses previously passed. The student's official record shall report all courses taken with grades/credits earned even if the course is later repeated for a different grade/credit.

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

The Superintendent or designee may designate courses which may be taken on a credit/no-credit basis. Such opportunities encourage students to take subjects they are interested in but avoid because of grade consciousness, help stress the intrinsic value of learning by encouraging students to focus on mastering a subject rather than on receiving an external reward, enables the students to determine the degree of commitment to be given a subject, and provides flexibility for courses or services where a letter grade is not appropriate.

The credit/no-credit option may be used in any course if specified in an IEP or 504 plan or in electives identified by subject matter departments and approved by the Superintendent or designee.

Partial credit may be granted only in courses which have been approved for such credit. Credit will be granted on the basis of one credit for each 18 hours of class work, one-half credit for nine hours, or the content equivalent. This policy does not provide for the granting of variable credit¬óthe granting of less than the prescribed number of units to a student who drops a course early, or awarding less than the prescribed number of credits because of dissatisfaction with the quality of the student's work or similar conditions.

Partial credit may be awarded in any course as a result of student attendance.

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

In courses which are not computed in a student's grade point average, pass/fail grading may be used.

Legal Reference:


41505-41508 Pupil Retention Block Grant

48070 Promotion and retention

48205 Excused absences

49066 Grades; finalization; physical education class

49067 Mandated regulations regarding pupil's achievement


6101-6251 School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994


Johnson v. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education

(App. 2 Dist. 1986) 224 Cal. Rptr. 885, 179 Cal. App. 3d 593

Management Resources:


It's Elementary!, Elementary Grades Task Force Report, 1992


adopted: May 11, 1993 Larkspur, California

revised: June 9, 1998

revised: May 23, 2000