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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)

Grades for Academic Performance

For Kindergarten, students' level of progress for each grading period shall be reported as follows:

O Outstanding

S Satisfactory

N Needs Improvement

For grades 1-6, grades for overall academic performance shall be reported for each grading period as follows:

A Above Grade Level

GL At Grade Level

B Below Grade Level

All students in grades K-6 will receive grades for progress toward grade level content standards as follows:

4 Exceeds Standards

3 Meets Standards

2 Approaching Standard

1 Not Meeting Standard

NY Standard Not Yet Introduced

( Modified Program-See additional report

Sixth grade students may be given a letter grade, as follows:

A (90-100%) Outstanding Achievement

B (80-89%) Above Average Achievement

C (70-79%) Average Achievement

D (60-69%) Below Average Achievement

F (0-59%) Little or No Achievement

I Incomplete

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, effort or work habits, such as effort or study skills, shall be reported as follows:

O Outstanding/Exceeds Expectations

S Satisfactory/Meets Expectations

I Inconsistent/Making Progress

N Needs Improvement

NA Not Applicable

Peer Grading

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

Effect of Absences on Grades

Teachers who choose to withhold class credit because of excessive unexcused absences shall so inform students and parents/guardians of such a possibility 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)

(cf. 5113.1 - Chronic Absence and Truancy)

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)


approved: February 21, 2017 Petaluma, California